Join us for the 2014 day-long Human Rights Institute at Creating Change to be held Thursday, January 30, in Houston, Texas.
This years topic: Recentering and Reclaiming Sexual Freedom as Fundamental Human Rights
Session Summary: There is a 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, this Daylong Institute will expand our understanding of the domestic human rights movement by re-centering and reclaiming the movement for sexual freedom as imperative to our collective search for justice and equality. Through workshops, small group activities, and collective discussions, the Institute will equip participants with the knowledge, language, and skill set to enter and reshape the national discourse, to build alliance with other social justice issues, and to reclaim sexual freedom as their human right. Topics will include 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.
The Institute is co-organized by the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance and the US Human Rights Network.