New Approaches to Sex Education

This is a liveblog of a session from the Sex::Tech – Focus on Youth conference, held in San Francisco on March 22 & 23, 2009. New Approaches to Sex Education…

Sexual Rights Online and IRL: The International Scene

I’ve been spending Sunday and Monday in San Francisco at the second annual Sex::Tech – Focus on Youth conference, which attracts non-profit, advocacy, youth rights, reproductive health and tech folks from all over the place. This year I gave a talk about the online work…

Denying Young People the Right to Know (Part 2)

The YP Foundation creates a space in society where young people access the resources, training and mentoring they need to be able to set up and host their own projects with us. These projects target a range of socio-cultural, political, economic, environmental and legal issues that the youth in India feel need to be addressed…

Quick Refresher Course: The Meaning of the Word “Choice”

At a side event for the Commission on the Status of Women today, I was once again saddened and frustrated by the disconnect between reality and theory that seems to exist for the abstinence-only crowd. They’ve co-opted the language of comprehensive sexuality education and are quickly learning to distort it. Abstinence-only presentations…

Denying Young People the Right to Know (Part 1)

When you grow up in urban India like I have, it’s almost like growing up with two identities at the same time. The first is all about your own world. You’re a young person, trying to establish yourself in a society that traditionally, doesn’t really listen to young people. And so you meet this second…

Reproductive anatomy diagrams in Cameroun and Brazil

Teaching anatomy is one of the most fundamental pieces of comprehensive sexuality education. The naming of the parts begins pretty much as soon as a child starts to be aware of his or her body and wants to know “what’s this?” as she points to different body parts. This of course isn’t necessarily about genitals…

Addressing Gender Inequality in Adolescent Life Skills Education: Aahung’s Experience in Pakistan

  • May 8, 2002

This speech, delivered by Shazia Mohamed, Founder and Director of Aahung, was part of Adolescents at the Crossroads, a panel presentation on adolescent sexuality education organized by IWHC in cooperation with Aahung, Action Health Incorporated (Nigeria), the Youth Coalition, the United Nations Population Fund, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank, during the UN…