Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and Guttmacher Institute co-organized discussion of current research, policies, and programs impacting adolescents and the remaining gaps and challenges in protecting their health and rights.
Two of the panelists were Lada Nuzna who is youth activist from Ukraine and member of the Teergizer! adoslecent network and Dr. Ilya Zhukov, UNFPA Global Focal Point on CSE and long-standing champion on youth rights.
Lada Nuzna: There is huge gap between sexuality education and comprehensive sexuality education. When do we see Youth as the “white, straight and mainstream boys and girls” rather than looking beyond that. Let me tell you a story. When I was a peer educator I remember hearing, someone saying: ‘Ok, now you know everything about an HIV, that’s why I wish you to never meet an HIV positive person…’. That’s why having CSE is not enough – we need people and experts who can deliver CSE, we need access to quality service….Why is it so hardto make the CSE inclusive and accessible by all.
Dr. Ilya Zhukov: “We are in a very good momentum when it comes to CSE! Taking as an example the updated ITG on Sexuality Education, for first time since 10 years we have evidence that CSE is an effective. On another side we have a strong activist movement which allows to brake boundaries and create positive change”.
THE FULL VIDEO OF THE DICUSSION IS AVAILABLE BELOW: