Let’s stay focused on the main goal: every person deserves a healthy, safe life and the freedom to make their own choices. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child both include the importance of providing accurate and complete information to all. These principles are rooted in fundamental values like fairness, respect, tolerance, love, and safety that everyone should enjoy.
Exactly how we give substance to these rights and values can and should be the subject of discussion. After all, these choices concern us all. But in these discussions, let’s put expertise over disinformation and facts over fiction. In this there is an important role for governments but also for society. As a collective, it’s crucial that we uphold these significant values and prevent their erosion. Do not join disinformation campaigns. Let’s prevent sexual health and education being exploited by anti-rights movements! Challenge disinformation, ensure equitable access to accurate information and engage in fair and respectful dialogues.
Luc Lauwers, Rutgers national programmes manager.