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What is Comprehensive Sexuality Education?

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Comprehensive sexuality education enables young people to protect their health, well-being and dignity. It is based on human rights principles, and advance gender equality and the rights and empowerment of young people.

  • Every young person will one day have life-changing decisions to make about their sexual and reproductive health. Yet research shows that the majority of adolescents lack the knowledge required to make those decisions responsibly, leaving them vulnerable to coercion, sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy.
  • But it also goes beyond information, helping young people to explore and nurture positive values regarding their sexual and reproductive health. This education includes discussions about family life, relationships, culture and gender roles, and also addresses human rights, gender equality, and threats such as discrimination and sexual abuse
Why do we need the Online Hub?

The CSE Global Hub for CSE Advocacy is an outcome on the demand expressed frequently by activists in the field of CSE and SRHR. It aims to:

  • empower experts and activists working in the field with an adequate information; and
  • to serve as platform of exchanging good practices and relevant country data

The structure of the platform is based on wide taken need assessment and stakeholder’s interviews and it has unique design as the first Social Media specially dedicated to advocacy on CSE and SRHR! Furthermore it is a response to the recent data published by All In Data (initiative of UN agencies):

  • More than 40% of the world’s population is under the age of 25;
  • Young people account for almost 50 per cent of new HIV infections;
  • Worldwide, more than 15 million girls from 15 to 19 years old give birth every year;
  • Every hour 29 adolescents (15-19 years old) are infected with HIV;
  • Globally, only 34%of young people can demonstrate accurate knowledge about HIV prevention and transmission;
  • Only 26% of girls and 33% of boys have full understanding of how HIV is transmitted and can be prevented;

Thus the CSE Online Hub aims to provide a platform for effective advocacy strategy related processes for both youth advocates and professionals in the field of CSE and beyond. 


Comprehensive Sexuality Education in the Global Context - Achievements and Aims

Worldwide youth activists at national and international level are advocating to ensure that the free and universal access to Comprehensive Sexuality Education is not just a “hashtag” in a post – it is evidence-based non-formal peer education training provided in order to help young people develop personal skills and make informed choices regarding their sexuality and rights.

Thus in the past few years, there are various international platforms and forums where young people vividly expressed their wish to have access to CSE. To highlight some of them:

-Mali call to action; ICASA 2011

-Bali Youth Declaration, Bali Youth Forum on ICPD in 2012, Indonesia

-Colombo declaration on youth, World Youth Conference 2014, Sri Lanka

-Youth Call, AIDS 2014, Australia

-Youth Call to Action, AIDS 2016, South Africa

Achievements in the global context

Eastern and Southern African Ministerial Commitment on CSEOn 7 December 2013, health and education ministers and representatives from 20 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa affirmed a landmark commitment supporting sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents and young people The ESA Commitment process was led by UNAIDS with the support of UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and a number of bilateral and civil society partners, including young people’s organisations. The ESA Commitment was backed by a specially commissioned regional report and a vibrant advocacy and communication campaign engaging young people and other stakeholders across the region.

 

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