These working definitions were elaborated as a result of a WHO-convened international technical consultation on sexual health in January 2002, and subsequently revised by a group of experts from different parts of the world. They are endorsed and formally adopted by the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance, 2005.
Sexual Health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence (WHO working definition, 2002).
Sexual rights are a component of human rights. These rights emanate from the rights to freedom, equality, privacy, autonomy, integrity and dignity of all people. These rights are already recognized in national laws, international human rights documents and other consensus statements. They include the right of all persons, free of coercion, discrimination and violence, to:
The responsible exercise of human rights requires that all persons respect the rights of others. Sexual health and rights intersect in many ways; AIDS rights, reproductive health rights and the right to access safe and medically-sound sexual health information, among others.
“Our role as sexuality advocates is to promote the possibility for every person to experience the full richness of sexual self-acceptance and the tolerance of others however and with whom they express their sexualities. Plain and simple, sexual health is about the right to be you and to be fully human.”
–Sexual Health, excerpted from Our Fundamental Human Right to Sexual Freedom and the State of Sexual Freedom in the United States, Patti Britton, PhD, MPH, ACSE, ACS, ABS, FAACS, MSC
Sex work refers to a wide range of activity where sexual interaction is explicitly exchanged for something of value.
WSFA firmly believes that human beings possess a fundamental right to develop and express their sexuality.
Sexual Health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well being in relation to sexuality.
Sexuality and faith are two of the most deeply important and deeply personal aspects of human identity.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are entitled to the realization of the full spectrum of their human rights.
Civil rights are one sub-set of human rights that exist equal to and interdependent with multiple fundamental human rights.
Grounded in the human rights framework, reproductive justice refers to all of the conditions necessary for all people to enjoy reproductive freedom.
Every human being deserves access to medically accurate and inclusive information about sex and sexuality.