This is a joint submission by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights and members of its National Youth Advisory Board and the Sexual Rights Initiative to the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls (DAWG).
The following submission was prepared by youth activists who are members of Action Canada’s National Youth Advisory Board (NYAB) with support from Action Canada and the SRI. The NYAB was formed in 2018 to guide the creation of national and regional campaigns to encourage STI testing among youth communities with a specific focus on racialized newcomers, queer, trans and Two Spirit youth (2SLGBTQIA+), and gay, bi, young men who have sex with young men (gbMSM). The board was set-up with “nothing for us, without us” as the guiding principle of the STI testing campaigns and has since expanded its scope of work to advise Action Canada on various thematic issues and conduct autonomous advocacy.
In response to the Special Rapporteur’s call for inputs on violence and its impact on the right to health, SRI made a submission addressing violations of bodily autonomy and the operation of systems of oppression as structural violence
The submission highlights the importance of an intersectional analysis that recognizes the ableist, sexist and patriarchal systems,structures and institutions that define productivity and dependency. Changes to these systems, structures and institutions will contribute to the realization of bodily autonomy, where persons with disabilities, and especially women with disabilities,have the ability to make and exercise choices not limited by oppression,discrimination, stigma, coercion, violence, lack of opportunities or possible consequences.
Joint SRI and national partner submissions on Uganda, Venezuela, and Sudan for the 40th Universal Periodic Review.
In response to the Special Rapporteur’s call for contributions, SRI made a submission locating the impact of COVID-19 on the right to sexual and reproductive health within a broader context of racial capitalism, patriarchy, colonialism, ableism and austerity.