Sexual Rights

Sexual Rights

Sexual rights (SR) are the rights of all people to decide freely on all aspects of their sexuality free from coercion, discrimination, and violence. Sexual Rights are however often not recognized internationally, like reproductive rights, but embrace certain human rights that are already recognized in national laws, international human rights documents and other important international agreements. 

This includes  (i) the highest attainable standard of sexual health, including access to sexual and reproductive health care services, (ii) seek, receive, and impart information related to sexuality, (iii) receive sexuality education, (iv) have respect for bodily integrity, (v) have a free choice of partner, (vi) decide to be sexually active or not, (vii) have consensual sexual relations, (viii) enter into marriage consensually, (ix) decide whether or not and when and how often to have children, (x) pursue a satisfying, safe, and pleasurable sexual life, (xi) and the right of all people, including youth, to participate in decision making processes that affect these rights. Sexual rights apply to everyone, regardless of their age, marital status, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or their gender identity and expression.

All young people worldwide should be able to explore, experience and express their sexualities in healthy, pleasurable and safe ways.