WORLD SEXUAL HEALTH DAY 2019
Dear colleagues, the opportunity has once again come to promote World Sexual Health Day throughout the world in a concerted effort!
BACKGROUND AND GOAL
Since 2010, the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) has invited many audiences to celebrate World Sexual Health (WSHD) and join this initiative to promote sexual health, well-being and rights for all. This initiative proposed by the then President Rosemary Coates (Australia) has become a key strategy to bring our themes and socialize the mission of WAS.
Sexuality Education for all: a bridge to sexual health.
If the language or translation of the slogan can be misleading or misinterpreted for cultural or linguistic reasons in any country or region, it can be adapted while keeping its basic spirit.
This year we highlight the importance of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) for all age groups and contexts. We aim to emphasize that people of all ages and backgrounds should have access to sexuality education.
From WAS Declaration of Sexual Rights:
10. The right to education and the right to comprehensive sexuality education.
Everyone has the right to education and a comprehensive sexuality education. comprehensive sexuality education should be appropriate to age, scientifically correct, culturally competent and based on human rights, gender equality and with a positive approach to sexuality and pleasure.
In the words of several agencies of the United Nations System:
Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is a process that is based on a curriculum to teach and learn about the cognitive, emotional, physical and social aspects of sexuality. Its objective is to prepare children and young people with knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that will empower them to: realize their health, well-being and dignity; develop respectful social and sexual relationships; consider how your choices affect your own well-being and that of others; and understand what their rights are throughout their lives and make sure they are protected.
International Technical Guidelines on Education in Sexuality, UNESCO, 2018.
CSE is for everybody: without discrimination. Equality and non-discrimination are foundational to all human rights protection and promotion and include the prohibition of any distinction, exclusion or restriction on the basis of race, ethnicity, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, including disability, age, nationality, marital and family status, sexual orientation and gender identity, health status, place of residence, economic and social situation.
The link to Bridge to Sexual health: It relates to the slogan of the 24th Congress of the World Association for Sexual Health to be held in Mexico City in October 12-15, 2019. A bridge helps go over rivers, oceans, over obstacles that are full of myths, violence, sexism, machismo, homophobia, transphobia, unintended pregnancies, difficulties for obtaining, where legal, safe abortions. The real prevention of STI´s means to know how to ask for help, to say no, to understand and respect diversity. Similarly, a bridge shortens times and distances, makes the road easier to attain sexual health... of course well-being!
“Sexual Health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual Health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. Sexual Health cannot be defined, understood or made operational without a broad understanding of sexuality. For Sexual Health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled”
WHO (2006). Defining sexual health: Report of a technical consultation on sexual health