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Venezuela has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Latin America yet sexuality education in schools is not mandatory.
Dangerous misconceptions about pregnancy and abortion abound: teenagers think that if they've done it once and not got pregnant, they won't ever get pregnant, and maternity hospitals see about 40 unsafe abortion-related admissions a day.
The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) cover more than 40% of the world’s population. Cooperation between BRICS countries offers opportunities to share national challenges, approaches and learnings around sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment. IPPF has been working with the BRICS governments in support of a seminar series for officials and experts on population and development issues.
The Associacon Civil de Planificacion Familia (PLAFAM) is recognized as a pioneer in advocacy and the delivery of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services in Venezuela.
The Cyprus Family Planning Association (CFPA) was founded in 1971 and became an IPPF Member Association in 1972. It runs a family planning clinic in Nicosia, providing a range of services, including HIV and AIDS testing. The facility draws on the help of a number of volunteer gynaecologists. Hundreds of young people provide peer group counselling, and also run a telephone helpline and workshops on sex education and sexuality awareness on a voluntary basis.
This is the outcome document of the BRICS meeting in Brasilia February 2015.
Vassilis is an openly gay man from Cyprus, where he volunteered and worked for the Cyprus Family Planning Association (CFPA). Conservative values have a significant influence over public opinion in Cyprus when it comes to LGBTI rights. Vassilis is an intern at the IPPF European Network office.