Residential Workshop for Youth
Today the world is home to 1.8 billion young people under the age of 25. This is the largest generation of young people, ever, and are a vastly diverse group of individuals.
Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) promotes the fundamental principles of a young person’s right to education about their bodies, relationships and sexuality. And the full range of information, skills and values to make informed decisions about their health and sexuality. CSE promotes gender equality and the prevention of violence against women and girls.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people are especially marginalized, as are many young people who have survived sexual violence and rape. When LGBTIQ issues are taught positively CSE can challenge the rise in violent homophobia and transphobia globally.
A 2 day residential training programme for youth on Comprehensive Sexuality Education was held at The Ecumenical Institute for Study and Dialogue (EISD), Colombo 6 on the 27th and the 28th of October 2018.
It was organized by FPA Sri Lanka’s Youth Advisory Technical Committee and the Advocacy Unit.
Day 1 : Resource persons and topics addressed:
Mr Niluka Perera - HIV, Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) and PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis)
Mr.Manju Hemal - About HIV self-testing and condom usage
Dr.Janaki Vidanapathirana - SRHR and Comprehensive Sexual Education
Ms. Radika Gunarathne - Media and effects of social media violence
Mr.Thushara Manoj( FPASL Senior Manager Advocacy and Youth) - Gender, Gender based violence ,LGBTIQ rights and the challenges the community faces
Ms Sonali Gunasekera ( Director Advocacy)– Introduction to the IPPF I Decide campaign
Day 2 –Topics of discussion
How sexual exploitation can take place via media
Tips on how to write articles/blogs and news features to bring focus to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights issues for print and online media
Discussing what Gender, gender identities & LGBTIQ Rights encompass