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New resource about the current state of sexuality education in five European countries

Aiming to bring attention to the need for Comprehensive Sexuality Education and to empower and encourage young leaders to influence their national policies, CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality and YouAct initiated the "Europe for CSE" project, with support from ShareNet. As part of this project, the aforementioned organizations have developed The Current State of Sexuality Education in Cyprus, Georgia, Poland, Romania and the Netherlands Insights from a Youth Perspective publication. 

"Europe for CSE" involves five European countries; Cyprus, Georgia, Poland, Romania, and the Netherlands. The first step of the project was to conduct a desk research by following a research template, to inform the planning of the national advocacy action plans in accordance with the identified relevant national events.

The authors have noticed that while formally sexuality education has some recognition, in practice it is not always applied as it should be. Some of the aspects that need further attention according to the research are: skills-building for dealing with situations such as pressure to engage in sexual activity, anti-bullying programs, civic education regarding what are the laws protecting children and young people from gender-based and sexual violence, including where to report it, addressing society’s taboos regarding sexuality and sexuality education and advocating for an integrated approach when it comes to young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.

The value of the desk research is a valuable collection of information and knowledge on CSE gathered by young people, for young people

Source: YouAct

Youth Power for Youth Rights: An Interactive Toolkit for Developing Your National Youth Strategy

Amnesty International has published a toolkit that outlines the process of developing and implementing a National Youth Strategy. It is not meant to be a one-size-fits-all template, but rather a journey you can undertake in your Section. This toolkit can also be used to integrate a youth perspective into other existing or soon to be developed strategies, such as an Activism Strategy, Fundraising Strategy, Growth Strategy and Human Rights Education Strategy. This is important as it will never be enough to have a stand-alone National Youth Strategy if other strategies and plans do not pay attention to young people.

European Youth Goals

11 European Youth Goals were created at the European Youth Conference held in Sofia, Bulgaria on April 17-19, 2018. They will be used as a direct recommendation to the European Commission, shaping the next European Youth Strategy.

 Access the Youth Goals handout in English HERE.

Source: youthgoals.eu

"Speak My Language" - Abortion Storytelling in Eastern Europe from a Youth Perspective 2.0

This practical guidelines document was created to complement the first toolkit, and as a resource which focuses on the practical aspects of developing and running a session on the abortion stigma using the storytelling technique.

Storytelling is not the only way to combat abortion stigma, but it is a powerful and necessary tool. We believe storytelling can be a form of activism, can contribute to research, can inform policies, and can benefit the person telling the story and others in similar situations. Storytelling can be used in a myriad of different ways, whether it is to raise awareness, to create a space for discussion and reflection, to provide new and diverse perspectives on a sensitive topic, or to challenge the abortion stigma that is still highly prevalent in today’s societies all over the world.

While the first toolkit provided a more theoretical description of storytelling as a method to challenge abortion stigma and raise awareness, this practical guidelines document aims to provide detailed, practical steps to help organisations, individuals and professionals organize their own storytelling session.

This resource has been developed by YouAct in close collaboration with the following local partners:

  • Real People, Real Vision from Georgia
  • Health Education and Research Association (H.E.R.A.) from the Republic of Macedonia
  • The Association for Liberty and Equality of Gender (A.L.E.G.) from Romania
  • ASTRA Youth – The Federation for Women and Family Planning from Poland

This resource will take you through 6 steps: Brainstorm & Research; Finding & Sharing Stories; Ensuring Safety; Running a Session; Support Provision; and Reporting, with the hope of providing you with the resources and tools necessary to run a successful storytelling session.

Access the new Speak My Language toolkit HERE

source: YouAct

Policy Briefs no. 3 and 4 on CSE

The Federal Centre for Health Education in Germany and the United Nations Population Fund Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia have jointly developed a series of policy briefs on sexuality education. The first two issues published in 2015 (also in cooperation with the WHO Regional Office Europe) have now been complemented by Policy Brief issues no. 3 and 4. 

Policy Brief No. 3 "Introducing Sexuality Education: Key Steps for Advocates in Europe and Central Asia" provides an overview of the most important steps for the introduction (or revision) of national in-school sexuality-education programs and reviews of existing  resources. 

It focuses on the implementation of programs and curricula and formulates recommendations on following aspects:

•       identification and assessment of needs and expectations of young people;

•       formulation of objectives and key values for programs and curricula;

•       involvement of important partners for implementation;

•       use of existing resources, and

•       process planning. 

Policy Brief No. 4 "Why Should Sexuality Education be Delivered in School-based Settings?" addresses basic principles of and necessary linkages for efficient, high-quality school-based sexuality education. It illustrates the conditions under which sexuality education in schools can be successfully implemented. The following aspects are highlighted in Policy Brief No. 4:

•       relevance of sexuality education in schools and how schools contribute to a good sexual and reproductive health in adolescents and young adults;

•       framework conditions necessary for the implementation of good and efficient sexuality education in schools;

•       roles that various stakeholders in and around school play for efficient implementation of sexuality education;

•       topics that are part of good-quality sexuality education.

Policy Brief 4 demonstrates the importance of sexuality education in schools complementary with other forms of sexuality education.

Access all four issues of the sexuality education policy briefs, each available in English and Russian, HERE.

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