World Sexual Health Day

4 September, 2019


Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters (SRHM) has a visible and declared commitment to sexual health and sexual rights.  We firmly believe that the recognition of sexual health and sexual rights cannot be optional in the reality of today’s world. It is central for everyone, and it “Matters”!

We are committed to publishing research and evidence, policy analysis, briefs and commentaries with the vision and mission of contributing to the advancement of sexual health and sexual rights of all people and welcoming your contribution. Please see our call for papers on UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE: SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS IN FOCUS or consider submitting your paper to our open issue.

On World Sexual Health Day 2019, we present a collection of papers which highlight the importance of sexual health and rights as an integral element of a comprehensive health, development and human rights agenda as well as for people’s everyday life.

SRHM is looking forward to participating in the 24th Congress of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) to be held in Mexico City from October 12 to 15, 2019.


Please see our selected SRHM papers for World Sexual Health Day here:

Sexual health, sexual rights and sexual pleasure: meaningfully engaging the perfect triangle (2019) Sofia Gruskin, Vithika Yadav, Antón Castellanos-Usigli, et al.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters – What’s in a name? (2019) Jane Cottingham, Eszter Kismödi & Julia Hussein

New waves of anti-sexual and reproductive health and rights strategies in the European Union: the anti-gender discourse in Hungary (2019) Bianka Vida

The state of human rights in relation to key populations, HIV and sexual and reproductive health (2018) Oagile Bethuel Key Dingake

Criminal law and the risk of harm: a commentary on the impact of criminal laws on sexual and reproductive health, sexual conduct and key populations (2018) Veronica Birga, Luisa Cabal, Lucinda O’Hanlon

Contextualising sexual health practices among lesbian and bisexual women in Jamaica: a multi-methods study (2018) Carmen H. Logie, Natania Marcus, Ying Wang, et al.

In transition: ensuring the sexual and reproductive health and rights of transgender populations.” A roundtable discussion (2018) Sofia Gruskin, Avery Everhart, Diana Feliz Olivia, et al.

Sexual rights but not the right to health? Lesbian and bisexual women in South Africa’s National Strategic Plans on HIV and STIs (2016) Felicity Daly, Neil Spicer & Samantha Willan

The human rights of intersex people: addressing harmful practices and rhetoric of change (2016) Morgan Carpenter

Sexual rights and bodily integrity as human rights (2015) Shirin Heidari

Sound and Fury ‒ engaging with the politics and the law of sexual rights (2015) Alice M. Miller, Sofia Gruskin, Jane Cottingham, et al.

Advocating for sexual rights at the UN: the unfinished business of global development (2015) Saida Ali, Shannon Kowalski & Paul Silva

Sexual rights as human rights: a guide to authoritative sources and principles for applying human rights to sexuality and sexual health (2015) Alice M. Miller, Eszter Kismödi, Jane Cottingham

“Sex is sweet”: women from low-income contexts in Uganda talk about sexual desire and pleasure (2015) Florence Kyoheirwe Muhanguzi

Gender-based violence and HIV across the life course: adopting a sexual rights framework to include older women (2015) Bergen Cooper & Cailin Crockett

“I provide the pleasure, I control it”: sexual pleasure and “bottom” identity constructs amongst gay youth in a Stepping Stones workshop (2015) Peace Kiguwa

Facing negative reactions to sexuality education through a Multicultural Human Rights framework (2015) Vera Paiva & Valeria N. Silva