Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week (SRH Week) is a yearly campaign to raise awareness on sexual and reproductive health in Canada.
This year SRH Week is from February 8-14 with the theme: Youth-Friendly Care: It’s Your Right.
Every young person deserves to have their sexual health taken seriously. Youth-friendly sexual health care centres the experience of young people and sees access to sexual and reproductive health as a right. That’s why in Manitoba, we have Teen Clinics. Health clinics made with young folks in mind who specialize in sexual health.
Young people are the experts when it comes to their own health. They are a diverse group with different needs and desires and the care they receive needs to be adapted to their unique experience. This means having open, non-judgmental, trauma-informed, and sex positive conversations about sex, sexuality, and sexual health. Youth-friendly care means seeing sexual health as an integral part of our overall health. It means looking at how issues like age, gender, race, or sexual orientation can have an impact on access to health care.
This year’s SRH Week is for young people and anyone who works with or alongside them. We want every young person to feel empowered, comfortable, and supported when they visit a healthcare provider. SRH Week is led by Action Canada, and they will be sharing resources to help clinics offer youth-friendly care, diving into topics like sexual orientation and gender identity, disability, and much more.
And don’t forget our parent organization, SERC, is hosting it’s own special SRH Week Event, Love in the Promiscuous Style on February 14!