Sexual health involves the state of physical, mental, and social well-being regarding sexuality. However, sexual health isn’t just about relationships. Our sexual health influences medical issues, education, and sexual behavior. The observance also tackles issues including unplanned pregnancies and safer sex practices.
World Sexual Health Day is being observed on 04th September each year since 2010. It is a kind of awareness day which were managed by the World Association of Sexual Health.
The World Health Organization states that sexual health “requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence”.
Relationships and sexuality education is a must to achieve sexual health as it is an important part of the Australian Curriculum. Comprehensive school-based relationships and sexual health (R&SH) programs provide students with lifelong skills and the opportunity to explore values.
It also acts as a trusted source of information for many Australian students. ¹ Effective R&SH education supports young people to delay sexual activity until they feel ready and reduces the likelihood of unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
History of World Sexual Health Day
World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) promotes World Sexual Health Day. The first observance took place in 2010. Throughout the years, different slogans help to promote the celebration. For example, the slogan of the first-ever observance of the day was, “Let’s talk about it!” Slogans through the years have included:
2012: “In a diverse world, sexual health for all!”
2015: “Sexual health for a fairer society.”
2018: “Sexual health and sexual rights are FUNDAMENTAL for well-being – celebrating 40 years of the World Association for Sexual Health.”
2019: “Sexuality education for all: a bridge to sexual health.”
The initiative was proposed by Rosemary Coats, the president of Australia in 2010. Since its inception, the day has become a global event, celebrated by 35 countries.
What happens on World Health Sexual Day?
World Sexual Health Day is not an official holiday, so businesses, schools, and government offices are open. Sexual health groups and educators organize outreach drives, conferences, and workshops to bring attention to the importance of sexual health in maintaining a happy and fulfilling lifestyle.