|Human Rights and Sexuality|
The Context: Sexuality, human rights, and gender equality
The Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing) Platform for Action put forward the groundbreaking concept that the right of women to control their sexuality—the basis for sexual rights—is an indivisible part of their human rights, and that without it, women cannot fully realize their other human rights. This notion has been reaffirmed at several subsequent international meetings, but in practice, few countries' laws and policies provide women with effective protection against coercion, discrimination, and violence, and fundamentalist states and movements all over the world consistently target women's sexual and reproductive autonomy.
Our Commitment: Putting sexual rights on the global agenda
In order to address urgent health concerns such as the HIV/AIDS pandemic, persistently high rates of maternal mortality, and violence against girls and women, governments and nongovernmental organizations must continue to advance, protect, and promote women's and young people's sexual rights. Advocates worldwide must expand and clarify affirmative understandings of sexual rights—for example, the right to health—while continuing to focus attention on rights violations. Despite progress made in the last decade, the concept of sexual rights remains widely misunderstood. Click here to read more about what the term really means.
Our Partners: Making sexual rights a reality
We are supporting a number of groups that are using diverse strategies and approaches to raise awareness of sexual rights violations in their countries and regions. They are also contributing to community, national, regional, and global understandings of the connection between sexuality and human rights. For example: