|UN Collaborations: Sexual Rights|
In 2002, IWHC made pivotal contributions to an international technical consultation on sexual health organized by the World Health Organization (WHO). Among other outcomes, the consultation produced groundbreaking definitions of sex, sexuality, sexual health, and sexual rights, available on WHO’s website here. These progressive definitions will serve as a basis for designing future policies and programs, and are an important step toward a broader, more comprehensive understanding of sexual health and rights.
In the future, we hope to bring together different constituencies (including human rights groups, medical professionals, HIV/AIDS advocates, policy makers, and lesbian and gay rights activists) to recognize connections among sexuality, gender, health and human rights, and to identify common platforms for action in applying this perspective to a wide range of issues. To this end, we produced the first-ever annotated bibliography on sexuality and human rights in 2002, and continue to develop materials that explore the connections between human rights, sexual and reproductive rights, and sexuality education.>>More about IWHC's commitment to sexual rights and gender equality