Sven Leimkühler

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Sven Leimkühler is a member of jungs e.V. in Duisburg, Germany.

In 2020 he spoke in a video message on WWDOGA:

Dear initiators of the World Wide Day of Genital Autonomy. Dear colleagues, dear interested people. Welcome to our statement from jungs e.V. in Duisburg. My name is Sven Leimkühler, I am an employee in the "Office for boys" and, as the name suggests, I mainly work with boys.

As you can see, we are still in Corona modus. I am currently here in my home office and even so the concern of the World Wide Day of Genital Autonomy is so important that we would like to support this in our video statement.

In our institution we work with our projects for universal human rights and children's rights. In our opinion, this includes the right to genital autonomy.

Admittedly, the debate about genital self-determination really took off only at the beginning of this year. But working with the boys above all has shown what genital autonomy is all about. It's about self-determination, it's about health, and it's about all about vulnerability. We have worked on the subject in groups since January, we have worked on it with younger and more grown up people and with most of them you could see how much this subject is based on vulnerability. If you suddenly have to ask yourself: Why is this piece of skin stolen from me, withouy my consent, without my knowledge and without my will?

Self-determination of man is in this state, with this constitution, one of the most important goods. Article 1 of the Constitution says: "Human dignity is inviolable." And Article 2 says that physical integrity and life as an asset worth protecting are anchored in second place of the Constitution. And we intervene in these fundamental rights if we allow a circumciser from a religious community, to do circumcision shortly after birth or also later if a doctordoes it without medical indication. And only with the consent of the parents.

It does not make sense to us that we place so much value on the physical integrity of people and at the same time we make such a compromise with the weakest in this society. And anticipate so many decisions. Decisions that concern sexuality. Decisions that concern religion. And decisions that may also affect personal lifestyle. Those affected can describe the impact of this much better than we can.

But what we can say is that we stand up for it. We stand up for the right of the male child to any genital self-determination and of course - in solidarity - to the right for genital self-determination for all people. We as association Jungs e.V. stand side by side with all feminist and all progressive movements that advocate qeuality between men and women, for the equal treatment of all ways of life and of course also for genital self-determination.

In this respect, I wish you all a good Worldwide Day of Genital Autonomy.
Sven Leimkühler (WWDOGA 2020)[1]

References

  1. REFweb WWDOGA 2020 - Sven Leimkühler, YouTube, MOGiS e.V.. Retrieved 15 May 2020.