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We advocate with governments, donors, and UN agencies to adopt and promote policies that foster comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) for adolescents and young people. We provide funding and technical support to partner organizations in Africa, Latin America, and Asia and the Middle East to develop CSE curricula and to advocate with their own governments to implement CSE programs through the formal education system.


 

Educating Brazil’s Youth About Sexual Health and Rights

When Reprolatina arrived in Barro Alto, a city in Goiás State, Brazil, 40 percent of pregnancies were teen pregnancies, twice that of the national rate. The root of the problem quickly became evident: There was no sexuality education in schools and a lack of access to contraception. In this video, learn how Reprolatina tackled this problem and decreased the teen pregnancy rate to 10 percent in two years.

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Partner Spotlight: Aahung

In Pakistan, IWHC is supporting the women-led community organization Aahung to bring its life skills and sexuality education curriculum to public schools across Sindh Province. Aahung is reaching hundreds of thousands of adolescents with the message that girls and boys are equal and that violence is never acceptable.

“Our work is grounded in dignity, respect, and diversity,” says Aahung director Sheena Hadi.

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When Girls Respond: The Conundrum of Collecting Data from Adolescent Girls

We learned a lot of valuable lessons when we embarked upon a program evaluation of our It's My Body program for school-age girls.

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Can Sexuality Education Achieve Outcomes Beyond Improved Health? Evidence, Ideas, and a Research Role for NGOs‬

What more can comprehensive sexuality education accomplish beyond preventing pregnancy and STIs? Researcher Debbie Rogow explains.

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IWHC Applauds New Global Strategy to Improve the Lives of Girls

Today the State Department released the U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls, the first of its kind to focus on girls worldwide and the myriad challenges they face.

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Educación integral en sexualidad: la situación actual en el Perú

Existen materiales para docentes y hay experiencias exitosas, pero el financiamiento y  la preparación idónea de la mayoría de las y los docentes, continúan siendo barreras importantes.

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Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Where We Stand in Peru

Despite some success in implementation, limited financial support and inadequate teacher training remain significant barriers.

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What Do We Know about Gender and Power in Sexuality Education?
A Conversation with Population Council’s Nicole Haberland

A discussion about what research on sexuality education tells us about the components of truly comprehensive and effective programs.

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Our Top Wins in 2015

2015 was a momentous year for women—a year of impressive achievements but also extreme hardship. Here are our highlights for 2015.

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A Force for Change in Kenya

Meet Monica Oguttu, a strong advocate and leader who is making significant advances for girls' and women's health and rights in Kenya.

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Learning from Challenges in Measuring Our Work

Guest blogger Neha Mankani of Aahung in Pakistan explores both the difficulties in evaluating the impact of comprehensive sexuality education programs and some unique and creative strategies.

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Putting Adolescent Girls at the Center of HIV Prevention Efforts

This week, as the international community marked World AIDS Day, the United States announced additional resources for a new initiative aimed at preventing infection among adolescent girls.

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Learning from Nigeria: Advancing Girls’ Rights in the Classroom

Girls and boys in Nigeria are benefitting from a national program to provide education about sexual health, relationships, and gender in secondary schools.

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Making Space for Women’s Rights in Post-Apartheid South Africa

South African writer and activist Sisonke Msimang spoke about the country's emerging movement for gender equality at a recent IWHC luncheon.

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How Do We Make the 2030 Agenda Meaningful for Adolescents and Youth?

Comprehensive sexuality education has demonstrated that when young people are educated about human rights, gender equality, and the role of power in relationships, they are better-equipped to make a safe, healthy transition to adulthood.

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Brazil’s Future: Curumim’s Work to Educate and Empower Adolescents

Grupo Curumim is working with government health care workers and educators so they can provide young people with accurate, nonjudgmental, and honest information about their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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Outrage Erupts in Argentina Over Brutal Murders of Women

Activists in Latin America are mobilizing and demanding action from policymakers to address gender-based violence after a recent rash of femicides.

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Will Development Financing Finally Level the Playing Field for Women and Girls?

Next week, governments, NGOs, and business leaders will meet to hammer out funding for the Sustainable Development Goals, the strongest global consensus on recognizing women's rights and addressing the causes of gender inequality and poverty.

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A Friendly, Feminist Approach to Monitoring and Evaluation

Measuring the impact of comprehensive sexuality education programs can be tricky. A recent meeting explored new and innovative ways.

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Remembering Damaris Mounlom of FESADE, Cameroon

Damaris trained generations of passionate advocates for young people's sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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Context Matters in Advancing Adolescent Health

Enhancing access to sexual and reproductive health services for youth is not enough. We must also remove barriers to these services.

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Are the Battles on Sex Education Over?

Twenty years ago, countries agreed that providing comprehensive sexuality education was critical to the well-being and development of adolescents. But progress on this commitment is far from fulfilled.

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