Sx righs co b igord
Sweden iS Strongly committed to
and perceived as a cham-pion o sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Al-though recognition o the connection between SRHR andpoverty reduction has grown in development circles, there is atendency to avor reproductive rights over sexual rights, de-spite the progressive plans o action in Cairo in 1994 and Bei- jing in 1995. The Swedish International Development Coop-eration Agency (Sida) wants to again put the spotlight on theimportance o sexual rights.Sweden’s point o departure is that development is ulti-mately driven by people’s own willingness and ability to im-prove their circumstances. The individual is the central sub- ject o development and it is important to create a avorableenvironment in which every individual enjoys all sexual rightsand can take an active part in the development. When sexualrights are respected individuals are empowered to makechoices that can aect and improve their lives.
the UniverSal declaration of hUman rightS
and several hu-man rights treaties, ratied by most countries, already em-brace sexual rights, even though they are not explicitly stated.Sexual rights are implicit in the International Covenant onEconomic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on theElimination o All Forms o Discrimination Against Womenand the Convention o the Rights o the Child. The Millenni-um Declaration and the Yogyakarta Principles also encom-pass these rights. Sexual rights are human rights and apply toeveryone. It is the duty o all governments to respect, protectand ulll these rights.
the aim of thiS brochUre
Sexual Rights or All
is to encourage arank discussion about sexual rights as human rights and theirrole in development. This brochure gives a ew examples o Sida-supported programs that strengthen sexual rights andcreate circumstances that enable people to change and im-prove their lives.
“[Rprodci hh] soicds sx hh, hprpos o which is h -hc o i d pr-so rios, d or cosig d crrd o rprodcio dsx rsid diss-s.”
from the internationalconference on PoPUla-tion and develoPment,cairo, 1994
H righs copris hrigh o wo o r, dwiho corcio, discrii-io or coro, choicsrd o hir sxi dsx d rprodcihh.
from the joint Pro-gramme of action of theUn foUrth world con-ference on women, bei-jing, 1995
Sexual Rights for All