Sexual Rights and Reproductive Health

Taking into account the agenda of the SDG which includes:

To extend life expectancy for all, we must achieve universal health coverage. No one must be left behind. We commit to accelerating the progress made to date in reducing infant, child and maternal mortality by ending all preventable deaths of infants, children and expectant mothers by 2030. We shall ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services, including for family planning, information and education. We will equally accelerate the pace of progress made in fighting malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other communicable diseases and epidemics. At the same time we shall devote greater effort to tackling non-communicable diseases.’

Community Centre for Integrated Development is starting a youth program titled “Addressing Adolescents Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs through Edutainment” There is a huge taboo to discuss sex education between adolescents and adults who are capable of rightfully directing them on the right part to take in life which often leaves these young people ignorant. This ignorance comes with a high rate of victimization. The impact of this taboo is worst seen especially amongst adolescents who are ignorant about issues such as STI’s, Unwanted pregnancies, rape, cross generational sex – the causes , consequences etc and how they could play an active role as young ambassadors to put an end to these problems that affect them. They need to know the importance of building life skills to cope with the complexity of life and having open communication with parents about the struggles that come with maturity and living through ones adolescent years. Sex education between adolescents and their parents need to improve as well as gender equality if we need to put an end to these sexual and reproductive health challenges faced by adolescents and which affects their health, performance in schools/communities and their overall well-being (We) will be holding a 5 months training program in selected community schools around the south west region to educate and sensitize adolescents on Sexual and reproductive health and Gender through a carefully planned method of education and entertainment. Fifteen persons will be trained in a day long workshop to facilitate the teaching of HIV /AIDS and other STI’s in schools, unwanted pregnancy, gender violence and sexual and reproductive health, menstrual hygiene, parent and child communication and Life skills. We are committed to promoting, domesticating and taking concrete action that improves on the lives of young people with particular attention to the Sustainable Development Goals;

Goal three: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being includes:

  • 3.1: By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births
  • 3.7: By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.

Goal Five: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls includes:

  • 5.6: Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences.