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Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Reproductive rights embrace certain human rights that are already recognised in national laws, international human rights documents and other consensus documents. These rights rest on the recognition of the basic right of all couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children and to have the information and means to do so, and the right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health. It also includes their right to make decisions concerning reproduction free of discrimination, coercion and violence, as expressed in human rights documents.

Source: United Nations 1994. Report of the International Conference on Population and Development, Cairo, 5 - 13 September.Para 7.3.p 43; United Nations [February] 1996. Platform for Action and the Beijing Declaration. New York: UN Department of Public Information. Para 95. pp. 58-59.

Men's Responsibility in Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR)

Men's responsibility in SRHR refers to men's role in contributing towards ensuring gender equality and achieving sexual reproductive health and rights for women.

Source: Asian-Pacific Resource Resource & Research Centre for Women. Feb, 2004.

Masculinity

Masculinity refers to our ideas, expectations, and stereotypes about how a man should feel, behave, and define himself. It is a product of society and culture and, as such, is a gender category distinct from biological maleness. Definitions of masculinity vary from culture to culture, era to era, and age group to age group, with some definitions having more status than others. As such we can speak of masculinities in the plural.

Source: Kaufman, Michael. 2003. The Aim Framework: Addressing and Involving Men and Boys to Promote Gender Equality and End Gender Discrimination and Violence. [s.l.]: UNICEF, pg 9.

Socialisation

Socialisation is defined as the process by which individuals in a given society learn to integrate by internalising the accepted beliefs, values, behaviours, norms and roles - gender roles being the most influential.

Source: Asian-Pacific Resource Resource & Research Centre for Women. February. 2004.
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