Guest Post by Ankita Rawat:
The topics pertaining especially to sexuality and sexual and reproductive health issues are specially a
taboo. Parents and other adults like teachers refrain from talking to children about this or react negatively to
simple things like their child having a healthy dating life.
All of these reactions from parents, teachers and sometimes even peers develop a negative feeling towards sexual health, which could be dangerous for them.
Traditionally, not just in India, even in many countries and cultures, adolescents are hidden all
information when it comes to discussion of sexual matters because they believe if youth will be provided
with education, there will be increase in sexual act among them.
The fact is comprehensive sex education programs help youth delay onset of sexual activity, reduce the
frequency of sexual activity, reduce number of sexual partners, and increase condom and contraceptive
Comprehensive Sexuality Education
The truth about comprehensive sexuality education is far behind what is believed.
A large portion of young India is in a confused state.
health exist in the society.
Human being are sexual being and each individual has its own sexuality . Human sexuality is a wide
spectrum of different behavior. The clarity will come only when you gain the knowledge and skills. It is very
important for every individual to learn how to deal with it appropriately. Hence
“A rights-based approach to Comprehensive Sexuality Education seeks to equip young people with the
knowledge, skills, attitudes and values they need to determine and enjoy their sexuality – physically and
emotionally, individually and in relationships. It views ‘sexuality’ holistically and within the context of
emotional and social development. It recognizes that information alone is not enough. Young people need to
be given the opportunity to acquire essential life skills and develop positive attitudes and values.”– IPPF
Ankita Rawat has been working with youth issues since 2010, with a focus on building active citizenship, health and education of children and young women. Currently , she is running a YCI fellowship project with youth leaders from low resource background and advocacy for Youth Friendly services with health service providers in Delhi.