Let’s talk about sex education!

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Every Friday international volunteers from the association “Nevo Parudimos” are organizing activities and discussions on various topics in one of the local café’s called Atelier. On October 15th volunteers and local people from Resita had an opportunity to get to know more about sex education.

One of the topics was raping. There were given situations for participants and they discussed in small groups which ones we can consider as rape and which ones not. After, they were introduced with some interesting facts related to sex education and the human body, psychological effects, the importance of having safe sex and prevention from pregnancy and diseases.

In Europe, sexuality education as a subject in schools began in Sweden in 1955. Now it is mandatory in most Member States of the European Union, except in Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, and the United Kingdom
Studies in several European countries have shown that the introduction of sexuality education programs has led to decreasing teenage pregnancies and abortions and a decline in rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and HIV infection.

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Adults in Romania are afraid that sexuality education for teenagers will lead to promiscuity and to young people starting their sexual lives earlier. Lack of knowledge leads to big problems, and one of them in Romania is that 30% of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence, and 1 in 4 women has been physically or sexually abused at least once by her partner.

Sexuality education can increase confidence and strengths skills to handle different situations and challenges. It guides young people to be more responsible, teaches them about gender norms, combating gender stereotypes, and prevents violence against women. Sexuality education can help people to create stronger and more meaningful relationships with partners and themselves.

Autor: Emilija Lideikytė