To celebrate the Day of the Girl and to mark the publication of two resources on Comprehensive Sexuality Education, IPPF organised a Twitter Chat inviting young people to share their opinions and experience of sexuality education.
The response was overwhelming: more than 150 people from all over the world took part in an intense conversation in three languages on sex education, with a special focus on gender equality and girls' empowerment.
As IPPF often highlighted, school rarely provides young people with the information they need:
A2: I was "cyberschooled"- my health book featured one paragraph about sex which included: "Being raped is not fun." That's it. #KnowItOwnIt— Mary (@msmaryandes) October 11, 2016
Still, young people strongly feel that an open discussion about sex and pleasure is necessary, because it helps open the way to understand consent and equality in relationships:
A4: Young people need information about sex so they can fully plan their own lives and futures and know ALL their options. #KnowItOwnIt— Johns Hopkins CCP (@JohnsHopkinsCCP) October 11, 2016
R4: La gente joven habla sobre el sexo: necesitamos asegurar que compartan información veraz y libre de discriminación #DiadelaNiña— IPPF/WHR (@IPPF_WHR) October 11, 2016
Not only do young people want to have sex education, they want and need to shape the CSE programmes, in many different and creative ways: have you ever thought about music to share sexual health information? They did!
We closed the conversation talking about the need for (and lack of) gender equality in education: everyone agrees that to be comprehensive, sexuality education must be equal, and we should also work on that direction.
A6: Sexual education is absolutely equal in importance for boys and girls. Unfortunately, it is not provided equally to girls. #KnowItOwnIt— Johns Hopkins CCP (@JohnsHopkinsCCP) October 11, 2016
@ippf We can't talk abt boys without talking abt girls. Boy child education needs to be enhanced too inorder to reduce GBV— Salim Bakari (@bakarisalimn) October 11, 2016
One hour was not sufficient to give space to everyone in a conversation that could have lasted days, but it was enough to reach more than 313,000 people with CSE messages and to give more proof that young people want, need, and fight for Comprehensive Sexuality Education. What are we waiting for?
— IPPF Global (@ippf) October 11, 2016