Sexuality education addresses the need to foster emotional-sexual intelligence and the capacity for healthy, intimate bonding and growth. It should be built around the understanding of the concepts of consent, equity and respect for one’s own boundaries and those of others, in intimate relationships and in society.
Parents can – and must – play a key role in helping their own children develop healthy relationships. However, they cannot foster these skills in their children’s friends, peers and future partners. Only society as a whole can embrace this mission and invest in children and young people’s emotional and sexual competence today; to increase their well-being and prevent violence, coercion and gender inequity in the future. Sexuality education plays a key role in empowering young people to make decisions over their own bodies.
Social pressure caused by a rigid interpretation of harmful traditional views of femininity and masculinity, particularly in relation to sex and relationships, is the root-cause of mental and physical harm and violence among and towards young people. We cannot fight discrimination and gender inequality if we don’t look at both the causes and the effects.
ALL of Us, the European Parliament’s pro-choice campaign, mobilizing support for the right to access modern contraception and safe & legal abortion, is preparing a seminar and workshop on Challenges to Sexual and Relationship Education in the EU.
The workshop and seminar will take place on the 31st of January at the Europan Parliament in Brussels from 13.00 to 15.00. The event will be web streamed www.socialistsanddemocrats
Participants on the event include the MEPs Iratxe Garcia Perez (Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament), Angelika Rosa Mlinar(ALDE Group – Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament), Terry Reintke (Greens/EFA in the European Parliament), Malin Björk (GUE/NGL). And the Youth Voices of Hans Olson (RFSU), Cătălina Ștefănescu (Young European Socialists), Antonina Lewandowska (PL), Jad Zeitouni (BE), Ivona Miletić (HR), Chloe Kenny (IE)
Moderator: Irene Donadio IPPF European Network.
13.00 Opening by ALL of Us Members of European Parliament
13.10 “crash course” on sexual and relationship education
13.30 Testimonies by the Youth Voices from Sweden, Ireland, Croatia, Poland, Belgium and Romania;
14.45 Closing remarks