Today, September 4th, 2014, marks the 5th annual World Sexual Health Day. This years theme is Sexual Health: The Wellbeing of Sexuality.
Past themes have been
- 2013 “To achieve sexual health, picture yourself owning your sexual rights!”
- 2012 “In a diverse world, sexual health for all!”
- 2011 “Youth’s sexual health: Shared rights and responsibilities.”
- 2010 “Let’s talk about it!”
Sexual health is an principal component of overall health and well-being. The definition of well-being is the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy. A person's sexual health is dependant upon learning, observing and experiencing appropriate and healthful interpersonal connections in regards to sexuality.
Sexual well-being begins with respect, consent, protection and application and naturally moves onto response, pleasure and satisfaction.
It is vitally important that everybody knows their basic sexual rights. When this is thoroughly known and understood, a person will also inherently know the rights of others and thus be better able to maintain and champion them.
Sexuality is an integral part of the personality of every human being. Its full development depends upon the satisfaction of basic human needs such as the desire for contact, intimacy, emotional expression, pleasure, tenderness and love.
Sexuality is constructed through the interaction between the individual and social structures. Full development of sexuality is essential for individual, interpersonal, and societal well being.
Sexual rights are universal human rights based on the inherent freedom, dignity, and equality of all human beings. Since health is a fundamental human right, so must sexual health be a basic human right.
In order to assure that human beings and societies develop healthy sexuality, the following sexual rights must be recognized, promoted, respected, and defended by all societies through all means. Sexual health is the result of an environment that recognized, respects and exercises these sexual rights
Do you know your sexual rights?
Please see the slideshow below for the declaration of sexual rights as declared by the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS). This declaration was adopted in Hong Kong at the 14th World Congress of Sexology in 1999.
Remember that sexual rights are fundamental and universal human rights.