What is SCORA?
Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV and AIDS is a group of passionate individuals who try to bring as much awareness and sobriety around sexual and reproductive health and rights as possible. We also try to break through the Stigma that often involves this subject.
A world where every individual is empowered to exercise their sexual and reproductive health rights equally, free from stigma and discrimination.
To provide our members with the tools necessary to advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights within their respective communities in a culturally respected fashion. This has been accomplished through building the skills and the knowledge about, providing trainings on Comprehensive Sexuality Education other respective reproductive health issues, exchanging ideas and projects, as well as drafting policies and working with our external partners in order to create change in local, regional and international level.
- To raise awareness on topics related to HIV and AIDS and sexual and reproductive health.
- To decrease the stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS.
- To raise awareness and increase knowledge about facts, scientific research, global agreements and documents concerning sexual and reproductive health.
- Promote positive sexuality and healthy sexual life.
- Advocating for policies concerning sexual and reproductive health and represent medical student worldwide
- Collaborate and facilitate joint actions concerning medical education, public health, and human rights (See also SCOME, SCOPH & SCORP).
- Provide tools for capacity building for future healthcare professionals in terms of sexual and reproductive health and rights
SCORA Focus Areas
1. Comprehensive Sexuality Education:
SCORA is highly committed to raise awareness about sexual and reproductive health through education. We have immense experience in training new peer educators through International Peer Education Trainings and Advanced Peer Education Trainings. This has subsequently lead to a network of peer educators who are actively working to organize events at local, national, regional and international level. (go to SOS)
2. Maternal Health and access to safe abortion:
Our aim is to raise awareness among our members about maternal and newborn health issues including topics like obstetrics, family planning, access to antenatal care and ending stigma and discrimination towards abortion collaborating with our external partners like Ipas to train medical students as advocates for access to safe abortion.
3. Sexuality and gender identity:
IFMSA promotes positive sexuality and is one of the first youth organizations officially committed, by accepting Policy Statement, to end stigma and discrimination in access to healthcare of LGBT+ individuals.
4. Gender-Based Violence:
'SCORAngels' are committed to fight against violence(physical, mental or social) including Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), sexual harassment and domestic violence. We are cooperating with the Standing Committee on Human Rights and Peace (SCORP) on actions to end human trafficking conducting sessions during our regional and international meetings.
5. HIV and other STIs
IFMSA is the part of The PACT which is a coalition of youth organizations to end AIDS epidemic in the Post-2015 Agenda. We are collaborating with Y+, The Global Network of Young People Living with HIV and AIDS to conduct together campaigns for the most important SCORA International Days.