Call for EU to Fund Sexuality Education in the South

A coalition of European sexual and reproductive health and rights and sexuality education organisations organised a public hearing at the European Parliament on 12 February 2008 to raise awareness of the unmet sexual and reproductive health and rights needs of young people in the global South. The delegates expressed the urgent need to have effective programmes and policies on sexual and reproductive health and rights for young people within the Development Policy of the EU.

The organisations represented were YouAct (the European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights), EuroNGOs (European NGOs for sexual and reproductive health and rights, population and development), WPF (World Population Foundation) and RFSU (the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education).

The coalition called on the European Union to create a mechanism for young people from the Global South to have a voice in discussions within the Parliament on development issues, and for young people to be included in delegations to UN summits. There was also a call for the EU to fund comprehensive sexuality education and the training of youth advocates.

The full Statement issued by the coalition is supported and has been signed by the Sex Education forum.