Web library

Why this library?
The primary goal of the European Society of
Contraception is the promotion of sexual and reproductive health.
Comprehensive sexuality education is considered to be an
essential part of this. In many countries there is still little
experience and knowledge in this field and limited access to resources.
By developing a web library with a variety of background material and
tools we hope to make a contribution towards better sexual and
reproductive health worldwide, and aid those who are involved in
sexuality education through their work.
Aim of the library
The aim of this web library is to make
background information and tools available in the field of sexuality
for all professionals interested in this topic and working
towards an improvement of sexual health promotion in their
The term ‘sexuality education’ was chosen
over ‘sex education’ and ‘sexual health education’ as the main
descriptive title for the library as it was considered the most
comprehensive and inclusive as per definition below.
   Sexuality education is a lifelong process of acquiring information and
forming attitudes, beliefs and values. It encompasses sexual
development, reproductive health, interpersonal relationships,
affection, intimacy, body image and Gender roles. Sexuality education
addresses the biological, socio-cultural, psychological and spiritual
dimensions of sexuality from the cognitive domain (information), the
affective domain (feelings, values and attitudes); and the behavioural
domain (communication and decision-making skills).
   (Source: Sexuality Information and
Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS), 130 West 42nd
Street, Suite 350, New York, NY 10036,www.siecus.org)
   Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social
well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of
disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and
respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as
the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free
of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be
attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be
respected, protected and fulfilled.
   (Source: http://www.who.int/reproductive-health/gender/sexual_health.html)
Initially we will concentrate on building up
the resources on sexual health. We plan to extend into reproductive
health (for instance information about infertility) and technical
information on contraception (for instance information about the
different forms of contraception) at a later stage. The first step in
the development of this resource involves a selection of links to
websites with balanced information. Ultimately we hope to have
information in as many languages as possible.
We would appreciate receiving any kind of
educational material, including brochures, website addresses, books,
etc. As all tools will be reviewed before publication on the website,
please be aware that at this moment we can only accept materials in
English or with complete English translation (there are facilities to
review materials in Dutch, German, French, Finnish, Slovenian, Latvian
The tools and documents published directly on
this site are free to download and use, if not otherwise stated;
materials accessed through links on the site can be used in line with
the site owner’s permission.

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We would appreciate your input into this library:

1. Comments on the
2. Offer of any material
In case you offer any material you are kindly asked to
send the material as attachment to an email to [email protected]
3. Requests for any material

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