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French government strategy in sexual health

French government strategy in sexual health

The simultaneous consideration of health and sexuality in the field of the social sphere begins in the 60s with the women’s movement, family planning, the access to contraception in 1967, the law on the abortion in 1975. “Sexual information” appeared in secondary schools in the programs of biology further in the circular of 1973. In this context the new epidemic of the HIV appeared at the beginning of the 80s; young people constituted a privileged target.
Since, the modalities of intervention with young people evolved significantly from sexual information to a wider educational approach involving sexual health. The development of sexual education, engaged within the framework of an interministerial partnership of fight against AIDS, allowed an educational approach which considers significantly the imperatives of public health (prevention of AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies, sexual violence, addiction and collective ethics based on the notions of respect for the intimacy and autonomy.

For the young people considered as more vulnerable, the specific partnership with the department of legal protection of the youth, national council for the local missions, the hard-working youth clubs also integrates the problem of sexual education. Priority and a visibility were given to some dimensions in the health program of young people presented by the Ministry of Health in February 2008: Development of campaigns on contraception for the young people with a gender approach. Creation of a web site “sexuality / young people”. Prevention of discriminations related to homophobia. Prevention of risktaking in connection with drug-use.

Conference: WAS Goteberg 2009
Areas of Interest / Categories: WAS 2009

WAS 2009

Infertile couples who undergo treatment: experiences of the consequences on sexuality

About 10-15 % of adults have the experience of not getting pregnant, when they have a wish to have a child. For some, this life situation is resolved spontaneously. Some undergo investigation, followed by varying treatments, resulting in a child, some adopt, and for others this situation is permanent, and without a solution. When this is the case, existential questions often arise. Earlier studies show that couples who become parent after IVF-treatment are just as content, or more, with their relationships and sexuality compared to parent who conceived spontaneously. Little is known about the couples who continue their relation without a child. Clinical experiences are that many women and men struggle with questions concerning the meaning of sexuality.

Non formal sexual rights education and sexual pleasure: experiences from a grassroots training program in Turkey

In the framework of the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) experience to promote sexual, bodily and reproductive health and rights, this paper will explore women's approach to sexuality, sexual health, sexual rights, and sexual pleasure based on the experience of the Human Rights Education Program for Women (HREP) in Turkey, implemented in 42 cities. The paper will contexualize sexual health and rights in Muslim societies through a human rights approach, drawn on experiences of grassroots movement for women in Turkey, in a context where efforts to promote SRHR contend with patriarchal norms and taboos around sexuality. 

Furthering reproductive rights of women in rural India & the impediments

Legal education in rural India which circumscribes rights of women with special focus on reproductive rights, rape laws, female feticide, domestic violence, child marriage etc. has played a pivotal role in translating these rights into practice. This has been possible through innovative legal education drives which have identified a set of para-legal women who act as reservoirs of knowledge and are adequately equipped to handle instances of violation of such rights.

Awareness, knowledge and willingness to deal with sexual education among students in academic colleges of education in Israel

It is commonly accepted that sex education should start at early age. Most teachers hold positive attitudes towards programs on sex education, but some surveys showed a discrepancy between overt attitudes towards sex education and willingness to practice this as part of the professional duty.

A comparative analysis of understandings of sexual behaviour among key stakeholders in UK secondary schools

In many school settings, adolescent sexuality has been discussed largely in terms of sexual behaviour and risk. Little attention has been given to the positive aspects of sexuality and sexual expression. This study sought to explore how key stakeholders in three secondary schools in the UK understand youth sexual behaviours. 

The African studies on the impact of circumcision on HIV

Does circumcision reduce the risk of HIV transmission? Relationship between male circumcision and HIV infection based on randomized, controlled intervention trial in three

Sexuality and LUTS: an Asian perspective