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As part of efforts to ensure all young people have access to comprehensive, life-skills based sexuality education, UNESCO screened a new video at the 18-July Eastern and Southern Africa Commitment Progress Review Meeting, on the side-lines of this year’s International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. The video, ‘Being a Young Person’, looks at the challenges young people face as they navigate the journey to adulthood, and outlines how comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), can make this journey easier, more certain and healthier.

[:pt]An initiative that brings together policy makers, young people and civil society to strengthen sexuality education and reproductive and sexual health services in eastern and southern Africa. By having adequate access to these services, young people are empowered to make their own decisions about their health, preventing HIV/AIDS and unexpected pregnancies.[:fr]An initiative that brings together policy makers, young people and civil society to strengthen sexuality education and reproductive and sexual health services in eastern and southern Africa. By having adequate access to these services, young people are empowered to make their own decisions about their health, preventing HIV/AIDS and unexpected pregnancies.[:]

[:en]Evidence has shown that comprehensive sexuality education that is scientifically accurate, culturally and age-appropriate, gender-sensitive and life skill-based can provide young people with the knowledge, skills and efficacy to make informed decisions about their sexuality and lifestyle. Read more

Why do young people in Eastern and Southern Africa need sexuality education and sexual health services? Find out what issues young people are facing in terms of HIV, unintended pregnancy and education, and what changes need to be made to ensure a healthy future for all.

Why do young people in Eastern and Southern Africa need sexuality education and sexual health services? Find out what issues young people are facing in terms of HIV, unintended pregnancy and education, and what changes need to be made to ensure a healthy future for all.

Mr Yussuf Ayami, ZINGO, talks about how religious groups can engage in discussions around young people, sex and sexuality.

Highlights from the press and campaign launch of Young People today, featuring opinions of a range of African health and education experts and views of young people on their right to education and health.

Highlights from the press and campaign launch of Young People Today, featuring opinions of a range of African health and education experts and views of young people on their right to education and health.

Remmy Shawa, Project Coordinator at Sonke Gender Justice, shares his convictions about young people’s rights and traditions. www.youngpeopletoday.net

Reverend Phumzile Mabizela, Executive Director of INERELA+, makes the case for providing accurate and appropriate information to young people when talking about their sexuality. www.youngpeopletoday.net

Nyaradzayi Gumbonvanza, General Secretary World YWCA, speaks about sexuality education and sexual reproductive health services for adolescents and young people in Eastern And Southern Africa. www.youngpeopletoday.net