SEXUAL HEALTH

“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, 2002).”

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.

TOPIC /LOGO

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.

CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

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

WHEN?

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The official date is the 4th of September, but you can adapt and create celebrations throughout the month.

WHAT?

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Social, cultural, media or political activities involving everyone

WHERE?

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Wherever you (the organizer) find suitable: physical space or online. In the past, country organizers have taken WSHD activities to schools, media, hospitals, libraries, universities, public squares, art halls, theatre groups, etc. WSHD aims to expand to many different social contexts throughout the imagination of its organizers. WAS wants to ensure that sexual health issues are widely discussed everywhere. This year we recommend that different contexts and institutions (health institutions, schools, universities, patient organizations, NGO’s that advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights) be involved.

MEDIA STRATEGY

  • Disseminate and advertise WSHD 2019 in every social and professional network (e.g., instagram, facebook, linkedin) or media dissemination way possible.
  • Use the #WorldSexualHealthDay or #WSHD2019 or #sexualityeducationforall tag in your posts, create visibility for your projects and initiatives.
  • Take pictures, tag them so that we can use in our social media (e.g., https://www.facebook.com/4sept)
  • Use the standard logo below as well as this year’s logo.

CONTACT INFORMATION

ACTIVITIES

  • WSHD is a global and voluntary celebration, the possibilities are limitless;
  • A good strategy of promotion is to try to involve celebrities, government officials and politicians in the activity that you organize;
  • In the state of Jalisco, Mexico, World Sexual Health Day has become an official day in the state calendar.

      Possible activities:

  • Create #WSHD2019 photography, poetry, tales contests;

  • Create a #WSHD2019 challenge and involve everyone in a virtual challenge using your social networks page;

  • Organize talks in universities, organizations open to anyone interested;

  • Invite sexuality education advocate(s) to celebrate and share their experiences with you, involve them.

  • Share your proposals with us! We will upload resources and proposals at www.worldsexualhealthday.org

TOPICS TO BE ADDRESSED

To approach our long term vision of having WSHD, September 4th, proclaimed as an official day by the United Nations; we can start in the cities, states and provinces where you may be close with the legislators or the executive or judicial branches, so that they adopt it and organize events. In the resources you will find a model letter to send to your political representatives and governors, in order to carry out advocacy work.

Download the model letter here

 

 

 
World Association for Sexual Health