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Event: What are Sexual Rights?

Posted on: Monday, March 17, 2008

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Latin America and Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Sexual Rights

DAWN – Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era
International Council on Human Rights Policy
MADRE
and
The Sexual Rights Initiative (i)

invite you to a parallel event:

WHAT ARE SEXUAL RIGHTS?

A DIALOGUE, INVOLVING WOMEN FROM THE GLOBAL SOUTH,
TO DEMYSTIFY SEXUAL RIGHTS

Human beings are sexual beings. However, all cultures, religions, legal systems etc. regulate human sexuality in different ways. Sexual rights include issues related to marriage, reproduction, sexual and reproductive health, sexual orientation and gender expressions, sexuality education and sexual violence. Around the world, different governments and civil society organisations are working for legal recognition of existing rights, freedoms and obligations related to sexuality.

In this panel, recognised experts from civil society organisations based in the global South will discuss what the notion of sexual rights means in their specific cultural and religious contexts and how sexual rights relate to other rights (and most particularly, to the right to development). The panel will also have a speaker from the OHCHR. The panel will present recommendations on how the Human Rights Council, governments and civil society organisations can promote and protect sexual rights of all people.

Panelists:

  • Bene Madunagu (Nigeria – DAWN)
  • Madeleine Rees (OHCHR – Women's Rights and Gender Unit)
  • Joana Chagas (Brazil – YCSRR)
  • Mónica Alemán (Nicaragua – MADRE/FIMI)
  • Geetanjali Misra (India – CREA/SRI)

 

Moderator: Sandeep Prasad (Canada – ACPD/SRI)

Date: 19 March 2008, Wednesday

Time: 12:00 – 14:00

Place: Room XXIII, Palais des Nations, UN Headquarters – Geneva

(i) Core Partners: Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD, Canada), CREA (India), International Centre for Reproductive Health and Sexual Rights (INCRESE, Nigeria) and Mulabi – Espacio Latinoamericano De Sexualidades Y Derechos (Argentina)
Affiliate Partners: Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR, Egypt), Polish Federation for Women and Family Planning (Federa, Poland)


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