World Sexual Health Day (WSHD) is on Saturday 4th September and is an annual event organized by the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) designed to promote education, awareness, and best practices in sexual health.
The theme for 2021 is ‘Sexual health in a digital world’, inspired not only by the global pandemic and the increased communication of people around the world via the internet, but also because many of the educational events surrounding the day will be conducted online this year.
The aim of World Sexual Health Day and WAS is to foster a positive perspective on sexuality, one that is respectful of all sexual identities, wherever people see themselves on the sexual spectrum.
Girls’ Power Initiative as one of the organizations in Nigeria is providing information to improve sexuality education and promote the understanding that sexual rights are also basic human rights, essential for well-being and living a fulfilling life.
The World Health Organisation states:
Sexual Health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being related to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. 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. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.