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Towards a WAS Youth Initiative

Towards a WAS Youth Initiative

According to the UNFPA, more than 1.5 billion people today are between the ages of 10 and 25. It is the largest generation of young people in history. Over the past decades, scientific research and numerous surveys have continuously demonstrated the many sexual problems faced by young people, which are related to their particular developmental characteristics. Hence, in its Millenium Declaration, the WAS (2008) recognizes their great need for comprehensive sexuality education and sexual health services. But as well as youths are prone to be affected by many sexual issues, they can also become powerful sexual health advocates, as their actions have proved over the last years.

Thus, it is crucial for the concretization of the Millenium Declaration, and for the institutional life of WAS, to start developing mechanisms of youth participation within WAS itself, as youths can become a driving force that would contribute to the consolidation of WAS as the leading global organization devoted to sexual health.
The WAS Youth Initiative emerges in this context, with three main strategies to undertake: the constitution of the WAS Youth Initiative Committee with youth members of the five WAS Federations; the use of modern communication technologies, particularly, the creation of Internet sites that would spread all the Initiative activities; and an International Consultation, “Youth’s Sexual Health in the XXI Century”, in response to the new sexual health challenges and, consequently, in a necessary effort to define, through a youth-adult partnership, the WAS guidelines to develop future work targeting youth.

Areas of Interest / Categories: Sex Education, Sexual Health Care, WAS 2011

WAS 2011

Trauma Relief: An Integrated Approach for Working with Sexually Abused Clients

Sexually traumatized patients often have problems with flashbacks, nightmares and avoidance. This workshop teaches an integrated method for trauma relief, combining knowledge from NLP, psycho dynamic therapy, cognitive therapy and modern trauma research. The method is based on the human memory storing system, which functions in the same way in all human beings. This means that the method easily can be used cross-culturally and for all gender combinations.

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Some Biblical Principles for Sexuality

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The limits of school-based sex education: Lessons from rigorous evaluations in the UK

The UK has among the highest teenage pregnancy and STI rates in Western Europe and strategies to reduce these outcomes have a high priority. This paper seeks to draw lessons from the rigorous evaluations of three sexual health initiatives: SHARE (a cluster randomised trial (CRT) of teacher-delivered sex education), RIPPLE (CRT of peer-delivered school sex education) and Healthy Respect Phase 2 (a quasi-experimental study of a multi-component Scottish national sexual health demonstration project encompassing youth friendly sexual health drop-ins, social marketing, branding, a parenting component and SHARE).

UNESCO Symposium: Cost, Cost-effectiveness and Scale-up of Sexuality Education

This symposium will focus on presentation of the results and discussion of a ground-breaking study into the cost and cost-effectiveness of sexuality education (SE) in six countries, commissioned by UNESCO in 2010. Why an economic analysis? Policy-makers all over the world, involved in decisions on school-based sexuality education (SE) programmes, are facing three important economic questions: what are the costs of developing the programmes, what are the costs of implementing and scaling up the programmes, and do the programmes provide value for money?