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When ShanShan realized that there was a severe lack of support and help for young people around sexual health matters, she knew she had to do something. She signed up to volunteer at the China Family Planning Association to help ensure no young person was left behind.
Dragana grew up in socialist Yugoslavia and has been the Executive Director of the Serbian Association for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for 12 years. A passionate advocate for gender equality, IPPF spoke to her about the challenges women and girls face in Serbia.
Lina Sabra is the Executive Director of the Lebanese Association for Family Health (SALAMA). IPPF sat down with Lina to discuss her journey into sexual and reproductive health and rights and what her plans are for advancing SRHR in Lebanon.
The most recent national health survey carried out by the DHS program in Guinea has shown some severe issues which highlight young people’s need for good quality sexuality education. If neither school nor parents talk about sex education to young people and adolescents, the situation will be deplorable. They are an essential point of contact and if they are well informed, they will be able to facilitate this process.
One of the main reasons for the high teen pregnancy rate in Venezuela is the lack of sexual education that is taught in schools and colleges due to the lack of preparation and resources of educators on the subject as well as misinformation and lack of access to contraception and sexual health services
It is a shame that many people misunderstand what Comprehensive Sexuality Education is and are totally oblivious to its benefits to us as families, societies, nations and continents. Some individuals and organizations even go the extra mile of petitioning governments to take CSE out of school curricula. To them my final and only word is that scary stories don’t save lives, Comprehensive Sexuality Education does.
United Kingdom Family Planning Association (FPA) and sexual health charity Brook, spoke to youth volunteers on what they want to see changed in the current relationships and sex education (RSE) curriculum in the UK.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a form of violence against women and girls, IPPF are working with member associations to help put a stop to the dangerous practice that affects millions of girls and women worldwide.
Since 2014, the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) has provided comprehensive medical and psychological care to women and girls in Ireland who have experienced FGM. The FGM Treatment Service is publicly funded which enables the IFPA to provide care to affected women and girls free of charge.
Youth volunteers are leading the the fight for comprehensive sexuality education in schools.