Seminar on sexual and reproductive health and rights and stigmatization

Worldwide, stigma is  a major cause of discrimination and exclusion, refraining large groups of people from enjoying their right to “the highest attainable standard of health”. Stigma is a process of devaluing individuals and communities based on real or perceived  characteristics that distinguish them from other members of society. These characteristics can be attributed to differences such as, among others, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, behaviour, disability or other health conditions. Stigma can, apart from causing direct physical and mental suffering, affect people’s self-esteem, disrupt family relationships and impair their social functioning. The full article can be read via Jan Goossens gave a presentation on "Stigma and Infertility": read the takeaway message: