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Getting sexual health and rights into the UN agenda – Current challenges

Getting sexual health and rights into the UN agenda – Current challenges

Twenty years later, with a clearer understanding of what a comprehensive concept of sexuality means, with a working definition of the term accepted by WHO and promoted by the World Association for Sexual Health and many other academic, governmental and civil society entities, new efforts have been made to introduce the notion of sexual rights into documents which will set the course for international development in the coming years. This will describe the process the WAS underwent to review their 1997 Declaration of Sexual Rights to align it with accepted existing human rights instruments to enable consideration as an input for the official governmental discussions. A technical document to support the declaration is in the process of being finalized.

The Millennium Development Goals will soon be expanded into the Sustainable Development Goals. Given the strength of conservative political forces, it is unlikely that Sexual Rights as such will appear in the final document. Thus, it is absolutely important that those human rights which are inextricably linked to Sexual Rights are recognized and, therefore, WAS work will be more important than ever in making visible this connection and eventually, getting Sexual Rights within specific UN agendas.

This paper will discuss what are the strategies that WAS and its partners need to engage in to strengthen our new Declaration of Sexual Rights and, most importantly, what the role of WAS global membership is in protecting and defending the rights set forth in the Declaration.

Conference: WAS Singapore 2015
Areas of Interest / Categories: WAS 2015

WAS 2015

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