Dear friends,

We are left with only five years to met the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

Do you think that sexual rights can meaningfully contribute to the attainment of MDG. If your answer is yes, please share with us How this is posible. If your answer is no, please tell us why.

I look forward to your valid contributions.

Gertrude

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I am not clear on just what part of sexual rights you are referring to: homosexuality? health workers? eliminating discrimination? Sexual rights of women? Can you be a bit more specific please? K-lee

K-lee Starland, Ph.D.

K-lee,

Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) can be understood as the right for all, whether young or old, women, men or transgender, straight, gay, lesbian or bisexual, HIV positive or negative, to make choices regarding their own sexuality and reproduction, providing these respect the rights of others to bodily integrity. This definition also includes the right to access information and services needed to support these choices and optimise health (Swedish Association for Sexuality Education, p14). However, there is a range of different understandings of SRHR. Some of these understandings focus more on health; others draw attention to the significance of rights in women's and men's sexual and reproductive choices.

I want us to look at these apsects and assess whether promoting and recognising sexual and reproductive health rights play an important role in poverty alleviation and in the attainment of the MDG.

Gertrude