Five Sexual Reproductive Rights (that give you control over your body)
“My body, my choice” - You’ve probably seen, heard or read an article with that slogan before choma. But what does it really mean and why is it so important? Women’s rights are a huge debate and sometimes just talking about being in control of your own body can be an issue. This is because, in society, there are many different patriarchal voices that tell a woman what she can and can't do with her body. But what about what the law says?
Everyone should have the right and freedom to choose what to do with their bodies. However, there are actually laws that are put in place to protect your ability to make this choice. Here are a few:
The right to make decisions about your health and sexual life
Did you know that sexual health is actually a human right in South Africa chomas? This means that when it comes to your sexual health, you have the right to be respected, protected and satisfied in your sexual health choices. No one is allowed to tell you what you can and can’t be when it comes to your sexuality. Whether you are gay or straight, it is your right to experience positive and healthy sexual experiences. No one is allowed to force you to do anything you don’t want to do or discriminate you for your sexuality and sexual health choices.
The right to make decisions about family planning and pregnancy
It’s your right to choose when you’re ready to have a baby. You also have the right to information that will help you make an informed decision about pregnancy and birth control. This means that it is your right to get information about reproduction and how it works. Same as with birth control, it’s your right to get information about your safest, most affordable methods of preventing pregnancy.
The right to a life free of violence
Choma, you have the right to live a life that is free of violence, and this includes rape and any other sexual violence such as genital mutilation/cutting, forced pregnancy, forced sterilisation and forced marriage.
The right to a life without fear
Whether you’re homosexual, heterosexual, transsexual or bisexual your sexuality is your right choma. At the end of the day you should be able to make decision about your sexual life without fear of discrimination or criminalisation.
The right to access information about sex and sexual reproductive health
When it comes down to it, you have the right to get accurate and honest information on any of the above choma. The best way to exercise your right to choose is to first exercise your right to be educated on these topics. Your body belongs to you and the power to live a positive and healthy life should be yours.
Does knowing your rights about your sexual health make you feel better about making better choices when it comes to your sexual health choma? Answer in the comment section below. Share your story to inspire someone else.
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