Do Definitions Matter?

When: 4 Oct 2016, 5.30pm - 7:00pm
Where: Rooms 221/223, Level 2, John Goodsell Building UNSW Kensington (map ref F20)

As with any issue where politics are involved, the sexual rights landscape can only be understood by attention to its history.

Sexual rights – particularly the definitions and standards promoted by health and development organizations, human rights bodies, governments and advocates – are reflective of larger political currents and social movements locally and at global level. Despite advances in recent years, there have been many setbacks. At the end of 2016, a number of issues (including abortion rights, LGBTQI rights, and others) present themselves for discussion and debate. Underlying all of them are differences in perspective as to the topics and rights encompassed under the sexual rights rubric, as well as whether sexual rights are primarily to be valued for their own sake, or for their potential to improve health outcomes.

Supporting the sexual rights of all populations will benefit from cross-topic, cross-region, and cross-generational learning that engages with the complexities of gender and human rights issues in sexual and reproductive health research, programming and education. These and related issues will be explored in this special lecture.


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