Pleasure. Desire. Sex. Sexuality. Where do these fit in the sexual freedom movement? Where does sexual freedom fit in the human rights movement? Join us for an all-day workshop to answer these questions and many others in the context of the domestic human rights movement.
Creating Change, the the premier annual organizing and skills-building event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and their allies, will be held in Houston, TX from January 29 to February 2, 2014 – and Woodhull will be there! In partnership with the US Human Rights Network, we will be presenting a day-long Institute, “Recentering and Reclaiming Sexual Freedom as a Fundamental Human Right.
This day-long Institute will explore the common misconception in the United States that only civil and political rights are relevant domestically and that “human rights” are a matter of foreign policy. The fact is that human rights include civil, political, social, economic, cultural, environmental, and sexual rights. While the movement for dignity, equality, and justice—human rights—is growing, sexual rights remain at the margins. But no more! Using the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF) Sexual Rights Declaration as an anchor, we will explore topics including reproductive choice and health, family rights, gender identity, economic justice, freedom from state and religious violence, the role of the state/government in ensuring and protecting sexual rights, and certainly, our right to experience and claim pleasure as central to our sexuality.
Through a series of group activities and collective discussions, as well as hands-on exercises, the Institute will equip participants with the knowledge, language, and skill set to enter and reshape the national discourse, to build alliances with other social justice issues, and to reclaim sexual freedom, both personal and political, as their human right.
This Institute is presented by the US Human Rights Network and Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance.
“No human being, simply because of their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, may be denied their human rights.”
Navanethem Pillay, UN High Commissioner