Suyeon Min is a Hampshire College student and member of CLPP’s student activist group.
Educating young people about our sexual and reproductive rights is a way to give basic information for improving our lives. In learning to be responsible for the future, we ensure wellness for the next several decades. Educating more young people about their own rights makes the future of global welfare brighter.
Both in South Korea and Myanmar (Burma), there are many stereotypes that prohibit the general public from discussing sexuality. Many times, I have seen people are afraid to talk about their own experiences or ideas. However, it often turns out that everyone feels the same but no one actually addresses the issue. This is coming from misinformation about sexual and reproductive health.
I think the first step toward solving these issues is to be open-minded before making judgments about anyone. Being open-minded is actually not that hard. All we need to do is listen. We also need to provide more space for people to meet, educate themselves, share thoughts, and mobilize.
Through working with CLPP, I have learned not only about sexual and reproductive rights but I see how these issues are connected to all sorts of other concerns such as feminism, youth activism, environmentalism, and global inequality. During the conference, I went to a talk about reproductive justice in Latin America. One of the speakers said that we should think of reproductive justice as a body, half female and half male. So, there are no true reproductive rights or justice without understanding and respecting all genders.
I realized then that reproductive justice is a global movement. It is happening and it needs to happen now. It is such a shame that many people who do not have a strong political voice have to suffer because of socioeconomic status. Working to achieve reproductive justice will lead to big improvements of human rights for all the people in this world.