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Susie Jolly

Program Officer Beijing

Susie Jolly works on issues of sexuality and reproductive health education in the foundation’s Beijing office. Her grant making supports leadership by marginalized young people in the field of sexuality and reproductive health and rights, and "the marginalized to educate the mainstream" through new media, and in schools and communities.

Before joining the Ford Foundation in 2010, Susie founded and convened the Sexuality and Development Program in the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex. The program explored how international development organizations could better support sexual rights by understanding the links between sexuality and the economy, and taking more positive approaches to sexuality. She earlier served as communications officer in the IDS gender information unit, BRIDGE, from 2000 to 2006. From 1994 to 1998, Susie lived in Beijing, working on poverty reduction for the United Nations Development Programme. She served in Brussels as political assistant to members of the European Parliament from 1991 to 1994.

Susie has been an activist for many years. She has taken part in struggles for justice by LGBT, sex workers and people living with HIV. She has joined efforts to challenge the "straitjacket" of gender and sexuality norms that disempower so many people, whether they conform to or diverge from those norms.

Susie was awarded an MPhil in development studies at IDS in 2000. She earned her undergraduate degree at Oxford University and undertook further study at China Women’s University in Beijing. She has published widely on gender, sexuality and development.

Issues and Initiatives

Susie Jolly is a member of the following initiative team:

Issue Initiative
Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Justice



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