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Why is Comprehensive Sexuality Education Important?

‘My boyfriend is pressuring me to have sex, how do i say no?’

‘What is love?’

‘What does it mean if I am a girl and I find other girls attractive?’

‘What is HIV and how can I protect myself?’

These are common questions that young people are either too afraid to ask or lack the comprehensive knowledge, supportive attitudes and life skills they need to make these decisions about their lives and bodies safely and responsibly. Sexuality is a fundamental part of human life. Every young person will have to make decisions that impacts their sexual and reproductive health, and wellbeing. That is why comprehensive sexuality education is so important.

For more information, see the full report that highlights the current status of young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and examines key SRHR priorities in Asia and the Pacific to support informed policy, programming and advocacy.