On June 20 - 21, 2011, Eli Coleman, PhD, was one of twenty-two sexual health experts from around the globe gathered in Madrid, Spain, to help solidify an action plan to promote sexual rights and sexual health through comprehensive, science-based sexuality education.
While the European Regional Office World Health Organization recently published standards for sexuality education and a law was passed requiring sexuality education to be integrated throughout the Spanish education system curricula, there has been a backlash against these progressive efforts. In response, this global expert consultation was organized under the auspices of the Spanish Academy of Sexology and Sexual Medicine, the Spanish Association of Specialists in Sexology, the Espill Institute of Psychology, Sexology and Sexual Medicine, the Latin American Federation of Sexology and Sexual Education and the World Association for Sexual Health. The meeting was supported by the Health, Social Policy and Education Ministry of Spain, the Regional Offices for Europe and America of the World Health Organization (WHO), and the German Federal Centre for Sexual Education.
Over the two-day meeting, the group worked to prepare a consensus document regarding the principles that should underlie sexual education programs and to strategize how to build greater public support for comprehensive sexuality education.
Coleman said, "It is frustrating to have to defend over and over again the simple principle of providing basic and comprehensive sexuality education and for this education to be based upon the best available science. Hopefully, the outcome of this meeting will effectively respond to those who are thwarting the efforts to provide citizens with their basic sexual rights."
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