World Sexual Health Day 2019, 4th September 2019
Background and Goal
Since 2010, the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) has invited many audiences to celebrate World Sexual Health Day (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 for World Association Sexual Health.
“Sexuality Education for all: a bridge to sexual health.”
This year is all about the importance of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) for all age groups and contexts. The aim is to emphasize that people of all ages and backgrounds should have access to sexuality education.
World Association for Sexual HealthDeclaration of Sexual Rights #10 says that we all have 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. It 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. 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. (UNESCO (2018). International technical guidance on sexuality education: an evidence-informed approach).
This years topic, “Sexuality Education for all: a bridge to sexual health.” is in alignment with theslogan of the 24th Congress of the World Association for Sexual Health to be held in Mexico City in October 12-15, 2019. The idea is that a bridge helps us cross over rivers, oceans, and other obstacles. The obstacles in this case are myths about sexuality, violence, sexism, machismo, homophobia, transphobia, unintended pregnancies, difficulties for obtaining, where legal, safe abortions and access to products, information and services relating safe sex and STI’s. A bridge (sex education) shortens times and distances, makes the road easier and in this case makes the road to attain sexual health and well-being easier!
FYI for those that haven’t come cross the World Health Organisations definition of 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 (2006). Defining sexual health: Report of a technical consultation on sexual health.
When is World Sexual Health day?
The official date is September 4th, but it can be adapted and create celebrations throughout the month.
What can you do?
You can organize social, cultural, media or political activities that involve everyone.
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 they 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.
Suggested Social Media strategy
· Use the #WorldSexualHealthDaytag in your posts.
· Use the standard logo (1stpicture in this article) as well as this year’s campaign (2ndpicture in this article).
World Sexual Health Day Committee:
Chairs: Felipe Hurtado (Spain) and Patrícia M. Pascoal (Portugal) Co-Chair: Luis Perelman (Mexico) Jaqueline Brendler (Brazil)/ Stefano Eleuteri (Italy) / Cristina Tania Fridman (Argentina) / Jeyarani Kamaraj (India) / Sara Nasserzadeh (United States)
At Bliss we are doing our best to promote it online and our resident Sexologist will be spending the week around it talking to various groups about sexuality, sex and women’s health issues. We believe that Sexuality Education is for everyone. No matter your age the the diverse and eveolving nature of sexuality through the lifespan means that there is always something that we can learn. We also firmly believe that good sexuality education is an important part of our health literacy and strong health literacy leads to informed health choices.