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Centre for Gender and Global Health Speaker Series

Sexual Rights are Human Rights: What about Sexual Pleasure? 

Sarah Hawkes, Eszter Kismödi, Abhina Aher, Anne Philpott, Antón Castellanos-Usigli, Penny Pepper, Phoebe McIndoe, Volker Sydow

Monday 11th December 2017, 18:00-20:00

Elvin Hall, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL

You can watch a full recording of this event here.

The Global Advisory Board (GAB) for Sexual Health and Wellbeing, in collaboration with the UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health and Durex™, are organising an interactive panel discussion on “Sexual Rights are Human Rights: What about Sexual Pleasure?” on 11 December 2017 (Monday) 18:00-20:00 at Elvin Hall, Institute of Education, UCL, in conjunction with Human Rights Day.

This event will bring together academics, human rights activists, health professionals, youth activists, private sector and other experts to discuss issues around human rights and sexual pleasure from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The discussion will focus on rights and positive sexuality in the context of sexual, gender and bodily diversity, age, disability, culture, education, religion, non-discrimination and to be free from violence. It will be an interactive discussion among the panelists and the audience.

The event is free and open to all but registration here is required.  The panel discussion will also be livestreamed here and made available to watch after the event.

There will be a drinks reception following the event. 

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Sarah HawkesSexual Health and Rights Researcher; Director - UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health (UK) 


Eszter Kismödi

International Human Rights Lawyer; Member of the Global Advisory Board for Sexual Health & Wellbeing (Switzerland) 


Abhina Aher, Associate Director - Sexuality, Gender and Rights Projects; India HIV/AIDS Alliance (India) 

Anne Philpott, Founder of The Pleasure Project (UK)

Antón Castellanos-Usigli, Public Health Professional; Member of the Global Advisory Board on Sexual Health & Wellbeing (USA/Mexico) 

Penny Pepper, Writer, Poet, Activist (UK) 

Phoebe McIndoe, RAP Blogger and Content Manager (UK)

Volker Sydow, RB Global Category Director - Sexual Wellbeing (UK)