Regional Conference on Reproductive Health Education in West and Central Africa– Attended as a Youth Panellist

Reproductive Health Education (RHE), otherwise known as Comprehensive Sexuality Education is necessary to improve the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and young people. Despite its benefits, it is often frowned upon in African countries. To address this, UNESCO, in partnership with UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and Evidence to Action, organized a conference on reproductive health education in West and Central Africa

The Program Coordinator was selected as one of the youth panellist to converse on young people’s need with respect to RHE and address the Ministers and Representatives of Ministers of Health and Education to ensure in-school and out-of-school adolescents and young people have access to reproductive health education. Another key issue discussed was gender-based violence and how the several ministries must work together to address gender-based violence as it mainly affects young people in the society.

 

Participants agreed that a ministerial commitment is necessary in order to achieve relevant progress on reproductive health education, including areas such as HIV, unwanted teenage pregnancy, and gender-based violence, in the region.

 

A Call to Action was developed from the input of participants to address coverage & quality of reproductive health in West and Central Africa and the needs of young people in the region.

(Check for pictures in the folder titled “Dakar CSE”)