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New sexual education program was prepared, during last meeting youth showed their position

The working group of 29 people from very different organisations accepted the final version of new Sexual Education program on 10th of August that was approved by Ministry of Education and Science.

The project includes three main subjects: education of health (physical activity, healthy nutrition, psychological health, etc.), education of sexuality (sexual identity, sexual orientation, tolerance, the prevention of risk sexual behavior, contraception, etc.)  and preparation for family (methods of planning, marriage, gender equality, pregnancy, needs of infant, etc.). Still there are some points that should be implemented but wasn’t approved.

The program will be implemented in schools on 2017.

Before the last meeting, young people gathered together near Ministry of Education and Science to show their needs: by holding electrical bulbs in their hands they were inviting working group members to stand for science based sexual education, not stereotypes or religious dogmas. The need of science based sexual education that will fulfil basic human rights were written on posters and discussed with journalists after the picket.

Event galleries:

http://manoteises.lt/straipsnis/svietimo-ministerija-raginama-vadovautis-mokslu/

http://www.15min.lt/naujiena/aktualu/lietuva/simona-gaidyte-lytiskumo-ugdymo-programa-neatliepia-socialiniu-realiju-lietuvoje-56-664567#galerija/96653/2313127

FPSHA support for politicians who endorse SRHR as basic human needs

The election of Lithuania Republic politicians will be held on this autumn. As politicians, who really support SRHR and agree that it is one of important need to work on, are really very necessary, FPSHA organized interview about sexual education and perspectives of it in Lithuania. The interviews were taken from those politicians, who strongly stand for SRHR, FPSHA declared their support for these politicians.

The video of interviews will be shared with Lithuanian people community on autumn. Gallery of event can be checked here:

https://www.facebook.com/%C5%A0eimos-planavimo-ir-seksualin%C4%97s-sveikatos-asociacija-366903170533/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10157078466425534

Training “How to prepare to talk about THAT with children’s” by FPSHA

The training for society (parents, teachers, other specialists) on how to prepare yourself to talk with child about sexual education at home were held on 20-21 of July by FPSHA. During the training participants were introduce with “ASK: Parents as Key Facilitators in sex-education” prepared and translated toolkit, the topics on why/when/how/what to talk and why it is important for children were included. During the practical session participants were instructed on how to defeat their fears, emotions, psychologically prepare themselves to start conversation, how to break down all the “taboo” and refuse all negative and incorrect stereotypes and beliefs.

 

Event gallery here:

https://www.facebook.com/EUASKProject/posts/816535551815545

The project official page here:

https://www.facebook.com/EUASKProject/

LGBT* community The March of equality: "WE ARE PEOPLE, NOT PROPAGANDA!"

On 18th June, 2016 LGBT* community members and their allies participated in the March for Equality on the central avenue in the downtown of Vilnius to celebrate the Baltic Pride 2016, the most important LGBT* (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community event in the Baltic states, organized by the National LGBT* rights organization LGL.

The event began with a moment of silence honoring the victims of the terrorist attack which took place in a LGBT* community space in the United States.

Participants in the march included members of the European Parliament, Lithuanian and international politicians, representatives of international organizations and residents and visitors of the Vilnius city. After the March for Equality participants and friendly spectators were invited to the art factory “Loftas” for the Baltic Pride Park 2016 concert.

The Baltic Pride 2016 festival took place in Vilnius for the third time. This year the festival was used to challenge the discriminatory application of the “anti-gay propaganda”  legislation and to encourage public debate on legal recognition of same-sex relationships in Lithuania. The next Baltic Pride March for Equality will take place in Vilnius in 2019. In 2017Baltic Pride festival will be hosted in the Estonian capital city of Tallinn. 

Source: www.lgl.lt

The video from Baltic Pride 2016 at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8V6atFs0pI&ab_channel=BrolYLT

Sexual and reproductive health of young people in Macedonia

Only 1.6 % of young women aged 15 to 19 claim they use oral contraception, while only 34.8% of young people used a condom during their last sexual intercourse. The rates of teenage pregnancy and abortions in this age group are several times higher than in the EU. It is estimated that in Macedonia there’s an increasing tendency in the number of people infected with sexually transmitted infections among young people, especially chlamydia and HPV. A growing number of young couples faces infertility, often caused by untreated sexually transmitted infections. The situation regarding violence and intolerance among young people is worrying. Access to appropriate information on sexual and reproductive health and sexuality within the existing curricula is insufficient. These are some of the conclusions reached by a working group composed of expert representatives of 23 ministries, health, educational and social institutions and civil society organizations in Macedonia.

Drashko Kostovski, the Program Director at H.E.R.A., claims that the information young people receive is often outdated, irrelevant and often inaccurate. In a recent research only 13% of students said they learned about condoms and barely 2% on oral contraception.

Only 12.8 % of the population uses modern contraception, making Macedonia one of the countries with the lowest use of modern contraception in Europe. Data shows that in 2008, 6.7% of all births were among the women under the age of 19, while the specific fertility rate in the age group 15-19 was 20.1 in 2008. The number of registered live births to mothers aged 15 years is on the rise, as in 2009 it was 33 while in 2008 it was 24.

Source: Nova Makedonija [mkd]

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