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The ongoing battle for universal sexual rights: gender, youth and partner choice

The ongoing battle for universal sexual rights: gender, youth and partner choice

My presentation is dedicated to John Money, and it is an honor for me to give the first paper at this organization in his name and in his memory. John Money died in 2006, his death was considered by many as a great loss of a truly original thinker who had shaped the field for more than 50 years with his ideas, research and prolific writing. John Money was a pioneer in the true sense and committed himself to an area of research which previously had not existed – the field of psychoendocrinology. His studies with intersex patients and his research into the foundations of sexuality and gender changed the theoretical and clinical discourse world-wide. A tribute to John Money would fall short without mentioning his passionate commitment to the rights of the individual and the freedom of sexual behavior expression.

In that spirit, this address will focus on the ongoing battle around sexual rights and individual freedom for everyone. Public health policies have a long history of being shaped by political and moral agendas rather than by established evidence and best practices. Specifically, ideology has prevented young people from having access to effective sexuality education and protection against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies. It also has provided the rationale for denying equal rights to persons in same sex partnerships. Most profoundly religious and ideological beliefs have been the major road block to achieving gender equity and sexual and reproductive rights for women all over the world.

Speakers: Anke Ehrhardt
Areas of Interest / Categories: Sexual Rights, WAS 2009

WAS 2009

Infertile couples who undergo treatment: experiences of the consequences on sexuality

About 10-15 % of adults have the experience of not getting pregnant, when they have a wish to have a child. For some, this life situation is resolved spontaneously. Some undergo investigation, followed by varying treatments, resulting in a child, some adopt, and for others this situation is permanent, and without a solution. When this is the case, existential questions often arise. Earlier studies show that couples who become parent after IVF-treatment are just as content, or more, with their relationships and sexuality compared to parent who conceived spontaneously. Little is known about the couples who continue their relation without a child. Clinical experiences are that many women and men struggle with questions concerning the meaning of sexuality.

Non formal sexual rights education and sexual pleasure: experiences from a grassroots training program in Turkey

In the framework of the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) experience to promote sexual, bodily and reproductive health and rights, this paper will explore women's approach to sexuality, sexual health, sexual rights, and sexual pleasure based on the experience of the Human Rights Education Program for Women (HREP) in Turkey, implemented in 42 cities. The paper will contexualize sexual health and rights in Muslim societies through a human rights approach, drawn on experiences of grassroots movement for women in Turkey, in a context where efforts to promote SRHR contend with patriarchal norms and taboos around sexuality. 

Furthering reproductive rights of women in rural India & the impediments

Legal education in rural India which circumscribes rights of women with special focus on reproductive rights, rape laws, female feticide, domestic violence, child marriage etc. has played a pivotal role in translating these rights into practice. This has been possible through innovative legal education drives which have identified a set of para-legal women who act as reservoirs of knowledge and are adequately equipped to handle instances of violation of such rights.

Awareness, knowledge and willingness to deal with sexual education among students in academic colleges of education in Israel

It is commonly accepted that sex education should start at early age. Most teachers hold positive attitudes towards programs on sex education, but some surveys showed a discrepancy between overt attitudes towards sex education and willingness to practice this as part of the professional duty.

A comparative analysis of understandings of sexual behaviour among key stakeholders in UK secondary schools

In many school settings, adolescent sexuality has been discussed largely in terms of sexual behaviour and risk. Little attention has been given to the positive aspects of sexuality and sexual expression. This study sought to explore how key stakeholders in three secondary schools in the UK understand youth sexual behaviours. 

The African studies on the impact of circumcision on HIV

Does circumcision reduce the risk of HIV transmission? Relationship between male circumcision and HIV infection based on randomized, controlled intervention trial in three

Sexuality and LUTS: an Asian perspective