Discrimination, violence, fear, ignorance and some cultural and traditional beliefs threaten people’s sexual rights around the world.
Young people are especially vulnerable to these rights being violated.
While young people in the UK may not face the same levels of stigma as some face in other countries, a lack of consistent high-quality sex and relationships education (SRE) means many are not able to make informed choices about their own lives.
FPA is supporting the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) campaign Know It, Own it, calling for better quality Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) to improve young people’s human rights around the world.
That means not just teaching young people about the biology of sex, but also teaching them about the personal, emotional, societal and cultural forces which shape the way in which they choose to conduct their lives. Armed with this understanding, young people can make far more considered decisions.
IPPF Director General, Tewodros Melesse said:
“Comprehensive sexuality education should be participatory, innovative and reach the most marginalised young people.
"The starting point, and the absolute minimum requirement, is that CSE must reach all young people – wherever they are. We must equip young people with information about health as well as the positive aspects of sex and sexuality.”
As part of the campaign, IPPF has published the report Everyone’s Right to Know: Delivering Comprehensive Sexuality Education for All Young People (PDF), urging governments and policymakers to strengthen policies around sexuality education to improve the human rights of young people around the world.