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Working to advance sexual rights – the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)

Working to advance sexual rights – the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)

Sexual rights are human rights, an evolving set of entitlements related to sexuality that contribute to dignity, freedom and equality. They cannot be ignored. Sexual rights are constituted by a set of entitlements related to sexuality that emanate from the rights to freedom, equality, privacy, autonomy, integrity and dignity of all people. Progress towards the realisation of sexual rights remains elusive. Sexual health is essential to reducing poverty and improving the lives of millions, yet cannot be guaranteed without the realisation of sexual rights.

Stigma and discrimination related to sexuality is exacerbated by sexual violence and is endemic in many parts of the world. Stigma and discrimination leads to ill-health, impacts negatively on an individual’s well-being and development and impedes the ability of individuals to realise their human rights. When an individual is unable to exercise and fulfil their rights a community loses out, society suffers and a nation founders. IPPF is working to address this. In 2008 IPPF published ‘Sexual Rights: an IPPF declaration” grounded in core international human rights instruments. Since then IPPF has worked to provide services for all sexual populations and promote sexual rights through projects and programmes at the community and national levels. In collaboration with a number of rights-based NGOs, IPPF has worked to advance sexual rights at the global level through the UPReview mechanism of the Human Rights Council. IPPF believes that achieving sexual and reproductive health and rights is fundamental to our quest to defeat inequality and sexual and gender-based violence.

Conference: WAS Glasgow 2011
Areas of Interest / Categories: WAS 2011

WAS 2011

Trauma Relief: An Integrated Approach for Working with Sexually Abused Clients

Sexually traumatized patients often have problems with flashbacks, nightmares and avoidance. This workshop teaches an integrated method for trauma relief, combining knowledge from NLP, psycho dynamic therapy, cognitive therapy and modern trauma research. The method is based on the human memory storing system, which functions in the same way in all human beings. This means that the method easily can be used cross-culturally and for all gender combinations.

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Some Biblical Principles for Sexuality

To explore how sexual health and sexual ethics are represented in the Bible and how these are relevant to the 21st century. God created humans as physical and relational beings. Sexuality is a good, healthy element of that created physical relatedness, with three functions: relational bonding; mutual pleasure; and procreation. The biblical pattern for sexual expression which best accords with these functions is heterosexual monogamy.

Sexual health Public health

How should the Public Health Model be applied so it really contributes to improved sexual health for all?  Public Health recognizes three levels of prevention - Primary, Secondary and Tertiary.  Primary prevention involves prevention of the disease or injury itself, Fluoride, Immunization, Education to avoid smoking and substance abuse. Secondary prevention blocks the progression of an injury or disease from an impairment to a disability. An impairment has already occurred, but disability may be prevented through early intervention.

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The limits of school-based sex education: Lessons from rigorous evaluations in the UK

The UK has among the highest teenage pregnancy and STI rates in Western Europe and strategies to reduce these outcomes have a high priority. This paper seeks to draw lessons from the rigorous evaluations of three sexual health initiatives: SHARE (a cluster randomised trial (CRT) of teacher-delivered sex education), RIPPLE (CRT of peer-delivered school sex education) and Healthy Respect Phase 2 (a quasi-experimental study of a multi-component Scottish national sexual health demonstration project encompassing youth friendly sexual health drop-ins, social marketing, branding, a parenting component and SHARE).

UNESCO Symposium: Cost, Cost-effectiveness and Scale-up of Sexuality Education

This symposium will focus on presentation of the results and discussion of a ground-breaking study into the cost and cost-effectiveness of sexuality education (SE) in six countries, commissioned by UNESCO in 2010. Why an economic analysis? Policy-makers all over the world, involved in decisions on school-based sexuality education (SE) programmes, are facing three important economic questions: what are the costs of developing the programmes, what are the costs of implementing and scaling up the programmes, and do the programmes provide value for money?