Human rights as the foundation for sexuality education

Olsson Hans

The standpoint for sexuality education is the right for education, knowledge and information about sexuality, referring to ICPD and RFSU's three fundamental principles: The right to choose, the right to be oneself and the right to enjoy. A rights-based, comprehensive sex education needs to recognize, address and accept children’s and young peoples’ needs and questions.

But young people have different needs. Sex education also has to have an “inclusive perspective” regarding gender, sexual orientation or identity, ethnicity etc. It’s cynical to deny young people knowledge. Some of them suffer, from diseases, discrimination, abuse - or ignorance. How can we support them? We can’t avoid sensitive issues. Sexuality education has to be realistic, positive and non-judgmental. It needs to be norm-conscious, e.g. dare to question existing gender norms.  

Conflict of Interest: None Disclosure.
Financial Support/Funding: This project was supported by the grant from Czech Science Foundation No. 406/07/0274
Recorded at 19th WAS World Congress for Sexual Health - Sexual Health & Rights: A Global Challenge Göteborg (Sweden) - June 21 – 25, 2009

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Olsson Hans

RFSU, Swedish Association for Sexuality Education, Stockholm, Sweden; WAS 2009 Local Organizing and Scientific Committee, Sweden.

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