Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Dr. Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli and Marina Plesons, World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Reproductive Health and Research, December 1 2016 - How can community engagement be used to promote young people's sexual and reproductive health in conservative countries? Two education programmes in Pakistan offer some answers.
Around the world, there is deep-seated discomfort about adolescent sexuality outside of marriage. Many don't accept that teenagers have sex; those that do typically see it as a problem only made worse by sexuality education. As a result, policymakers are reticent, school heads and teachers are uncomfortable and community groups are often opposed to sexuality education, paralysing action in many countries.