The Development of Rights-Based Sexuality Education Curriculum Using Intersectionality as a Policy Analysis Framework and Pedagogical Tool

By Lamisse Hamouda

Lamisse attended the 2016 UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York. 


Despite its wide-ranging impact across the lifetime of most adults, sexuality education in Australian schools remains stagnated within fear-based, health-focused objectives. While goals primed at reducing sexual partners, rates of sexually transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancy have unquestionable merit, there is an additional need to address a range of contextual realities that impact sexuality and sexual choices. It is imperative to extend upon sexuality education through comprehensive programs which provide a legitimate alternative to abstinence-only programs and to develop sexuality-education programs that address the range of socially-constructed phenomena and cultural informed impacts on young people navigating their sexuality. 

Rights-based sexuality programs are moving in the direction of addressing indivisible contextual factors by recognising that human rights, gender equality and the improvement of sexual health are all related to quality sexuality education for young people. To address the complexities of multicultural and multiracial communities, intersectionality has been gaining traction and emerging as a theoretical and operational tool for policy, education and health and social services. Drawing on the Intersectionality Policy-Based Analysis developed by researchers in Canada, intersectional rights-based sexuality education is offered as a possible way forward for sexuality education.

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