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by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights-- pour la sante et les droit sexuels
Proudly Pushing the Global Sexual Rights Agenda
Proudly Pushing the Global Sexual Rights Agenda
Proudly Pushing the Global Sexual Rights Agenda
Proudly Pushing the Global Sexual Rights Agenda
Sep 6, 2018

5 Days Until Human Rights Council 39!

Who We Are
Who We Are

The Human Rights Commission was Created in 2006 to replace the United Nations Human Rights Commission, the Human Rights Council is the foremost international body for the promotion and protection of human rights and can be used to bring substantial pressure on governments to take steps to implement human rights norms. The Human Rights Council is comprised of governments of countries that are members of the United Nations and is an important venue to develop and advance sexual rights as a critical part of the international human rights framework.

As promised, the Sexual Rights Initiative continues to boldly push forward the sexual and reproductive health agenda within the UN framework and support country advocates addressing human rights. Please find below some of the high level information about our recent and upcoming efforts with links to more in depth information.


The 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council will take place from September 10-28, 2018. 

We have information about the anticipated sexual-rights related resolutions, panels and reports, UPR outcomes, and parallel events taking place during the 38th session.

Read all the details, reports, and side events in our newsletter.

Request for Sign-On: HRC39 Joint NGO Statement on Abortion Rights

In support of the September 28 “Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion” Sexual Rights Initiative, Center for Reproductive Rights, Ipas, the Asia-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women, the Youth Coalition for Sexual Health and Rights and the Swedish Association for Sexuality and Education have developed a joint statement on abortion rights for delivery at the upcoming 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The focus of this year’s statement is on abortion right defenders (including service providers) and abortion stigma. This initiative builds on last year’s successful joint CSO statement to the Council when over 285 organizations signed on to the statement and we hope even more organizations across movements will voice their support this year!

Unfortunately, the UN will not accept endorsements by individuals. If you are not affiliated with an organization, you can show your support by helping to disseminate the statement far and wide.

Click here to access the letter (English, French, Spanish, Russian) and more information for organizations.


Sexual Rights Initiative Side Event

Regional Developments in Abortion Law & Policy Reform

13 September, 13:00-14:30, Room XXV

In support of the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, panelists will highlight regional developments in abortion law and policy reform, shed light on regional commonalities and differences that have led to change, and illustrate the ways in which different stakeholders have used human rights law to develop innovative strategies to advance the right to access safe and legal abortion in their region.

Rakshya Paudyal, Beyond Beijing Committee
Victoria Pedrido, Akahata
Krystyna Kacpura, Federation for Women and Family Planning
Varyanne Sika, Coalition of African Lesbians
Maeve Taylor, Irish Family Planning Association 

Click for more information »



Outcomes from the 30th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) will be adopted during this session of the HRC. The 30th session of the UPR was held in May 2018.

Fourteen countries were reviewed: Turkmenistan, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Uzbekistan, Tuvalu, Germany, Djibouti, Canada, Bangladesh, Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Cuba

SRI collaborated with organizations and individuals in preparing five reports for four countries:

CANADA: SRI, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights
Topics: abortion, comprehensive sexuality education, sex work.
Click here to read the submission »

CANADA: SRI, Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform
Topics: criminalization of sex work, human rights of Indigenous women, migrants, trans persons, persons who use drugs, discrimination, violence, trafficking.
Click here to read the submission »

BANGLADESH: SRI, Right Here Right Now Platform
Topics: young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, comprehensive sexuality education, unsafe abortions, early and child marriage, health services for youth with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, gender inequality, gender based violence, youth friendly health services, maternal mortality.
Click here to read the submission »

CAMEROON: SRI, Coalition of African Lesbians, African Sex Workers Alliance
Topics: criminalization of sex work, sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV, discrimination, violence.
Click here to read the submission »

COLOMBIA: SRI, Equipo Colombiano de Investigación en Conflicto y Paz
Topics: women, lesbians, bisexuality, peasants, Raizal community, Palenquero community, Indigenous, sexual and patriarchal violence, armed conflict, racial violence, ethnic violence, class violence, structural violence, historical discrimination. 
Click here to read the submission in Spanish »


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Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights-- pour la sante et les droit sexuels

Location: Ottawa, ON - Canada
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Twitter: @action_canada
Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights-- pour la sante et les droit sexuels
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