Comprehensive sexuality in Haitian schools
Note: Originally published by Conversations for a Better World
As a youth activist, I am concerned about the huge lack of information related to youth sexuality in Haitian schools which also generates the problem of HIV/AIDS in my country. Haiti has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the entire Caribbean region with a national HIV prevalence of 2.2%
I am concerned about the feminization of the virus in Haiti which makes girls and women more vulnerable to contract the virus. Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) in schools might contribute to more awareness among youth about their rights related to sexuality.
Like the right to participation in debates at national and international level and the right to search for information, to choose with consent a contraceptive method and to decide for our reproductive health and sexual rights.
CSE might positively establish gender equality and ensure real universal access to youth-friendly services that are very fundamental in achieving great success related to Millennium Development Goal 5b. Education like this might reduce the high fertility rate in Haiti, making us amongst 53 other high fertility countries.
Consequently, I encourage decision makers to help us and to start the process of the integration of Comprehensive sexuality education in school curriculum at a national level so as together we have power to respond to those issues for a better society and for a better world for all.