Right to Sexuality Education in Paraguay – LL.M. thesis

Congratulations to María José Rivas Vera, LL.B., LL.M., who successfully completed the following Master of Laws thesis at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law.   The author can be reached at MJ. rivasvera {at) gmail, com.  We thank her for providing this abstract.

María José Rivas Vera, Sexuality Education in Paraguay: Using Human Rights and International Policies to define adolescents’ right to sexuality education,  LL.M. thesis, 2015.

This dissertation explores the issue of sexuality education through the lens of international human right obligations and policy commitments, with a focus on the Paraguayan context.  It identifies relevant international human rights instruments and international policy commitments related to sexuality education, and explores their legal and political value.  Making use of human rights analytical frameworks, it elaborates on Paraguay’s concrete obligations with regards to sexuality education. It argues that standards reveal a clear link between sexuality education and adolescents’ enjoyment of the enjoyment of their fundamental rights.  Taking a substantive equality framework, it argues that the lack of sexuality education policies have a disproportionate effect on certain groups.  It concludes by offering concrete standards for the implementation of sexuality education policies.

Abstracts of all LL.M. and S.J.D. student theses in International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Program are available here: Student theses online.

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