What are Sexual Rights

We currently have one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS infections in the world, which is an indication that we still have a lot of work to do in the promotion of sexual rights in our country. The following list of sexual rights have been adapted from the Universal Declaration of Sexual Rights from the World Association for Sexology (www.worldsexology.org)

  1.  The right to sexual freedom:
    This is the right to achieve your full sexual potential without any coercion , exploitation and abuse.
  2. The right to sexual autonomy, sexual integrity, and safety of the sexual body:
    This is the right to make your own decisions about your sex life based on your personal beliefs and ethics. It recognises your right to enjoy your sexuality without the fear of violence and manipulation by others.
  3.  The right to sexual privacy:
    This is your right to choose what sexual behaviours and relationships you want as long as they do not violate the sexual rights of others.
  4. The right it sexual equality:
    This is the freedom to enjoy your sexuality without the fear of discrimination.
  5. The right to sexual pleasure :
    This should not infringe the rights of anyone else.
  6.  The right to emotional sexual expression:
    People have a right to express their sexuality through communication, touch, emotional expression and love.
  7. The right to establish and dissolve sexual relationships:
    This includes the right to decide to marry or not, to divorce or to establish any other reasonable sexual relationship.
  8. The right to make free and responsible reproductive choices:
    This is the right to decide whether or not to have children, how many to have, how to space them and what contraception to use.
  9. The right to Scientifically Accurate Information on Sex:
    This is the right to access appropriate scientifically  accurate information and implies that you have the right to be protected from misleading information in any form.
  10. The right to sex education:
    This is the right to receive sex education that is accurate, age appropriate, and understandable to you.
  11. The Right to sexual health Services:
    This is the right to access healthcare practitioners for contraception, treatment of sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS and for any other sexual problems.