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UNESCO HIV and Health Education e-Newsletter, Issue 23

Inside this issue: World AIDS Day 2015: Getting to Zero. Starting with Education!; UNESCO Director-General’s message; World AIDS Day Commemoration at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris (France); First regional HIV testing campaign in Eastern Europe and Central Asia; ICASA – ESA Commitment: the Conference where it all began; Gender-Based Violence: What Education can do

Join UNESCO in marking the 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women

You are invited to join UNESCO in marking the 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women. Education is the theme of this year’s campaign and UNESCO is proud to be participating in raising awareness of school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV), including violence against women.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is taking place from 25 November to 10 December with the theme of “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All.” School-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) can be a serious barrier in realizing the right to education. It is estimated that 246 million girls and boys are harassed and abused in and around school every year.

PRESS RELEASE: ‘From Insult to Inclusion’: UNESCO launches first regional review of LGBTI bullying in Asia-Pacific schools

Forty country review examines extent and impact of abuse based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression and highlights deficiencies in education sector response.

Mobilizing religious leaders to accelerate implementation to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 in Eastern and Southern Africa

Over 65 Religious Leaders, youth representatives, representatives from UN Family, Government entities and other partners from 17 Eastern and Southern Africa Countries gathered in a high level stakeholder consultative meeting, in Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania, early September 2015 to deliberate on their role towards fast tracking the ending of HIV and AIDS by 2030 and the implementation of the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) commitment.

UNESCO conducts capacity building of in-services teachers in Mozambique

Within the context of support to the Ministry of Education and Human Development (MINEDH) on scaling up comprehensive Sexuality Education at the country level and in order to increase children and young people's knowledge on sexual and reproductive health and rights through access to high quality, comprehensive sexuality education, that is gender transformative, evidence informed and age and culturally appropriate, UNESCO conducted capacity building of in-service teachers in Maputo and Sofala Provinces at Institute of Teacher Trainers (IFP) of lnhamízua (27 September-3 October) and Chibututuíne (6 -12 September), respectively.

Dialogue on Eastern and Southern Africa Ministerial Commitment held in Namibia

Dialogues on Eastern and Sothern Africa Ministerial Commitment held in Namibia Dialogues on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) for young people were conducted on the 1st and 3rd September in Zambezi and Kavango regions. These dialogues were part of the series of meetings that are planned for all the regions in Namibia with the aim of orienting regional management teams on the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) commitment.

Sexuality education highlighted in the Minsk Declaration on the life course approach in the context of health 2020

Member States of the European Region recently gathered in Minsk, Belarus, for the WHO European Regional Conference on the Life-course Approach in the Context of Health 2020. The aim of the conference was to bring together new evidence on what governments can do to keep people healthy throughout the life course and equip policy-makers for promoting a healthy start to life and for targeting the needs of people at critical ages.

Legal barriers, stigma keep young drug users in harm’s way

For millions of young people who use drugs from Asia and the Pacific, services that could improve their health, encourage recovery and bring about a better quality of life are often denied. Stigma, discriminatory laws and policies prevent many of them from accessing the benefits of harm reduction programmes.

Teachers Matter: Addressing school bullying, violence, and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression in Asia-Pacific

A trusted teacher can be a lifeline of support for a young learner subjected to bullying or exclusion at school. A report soon to be released by UNESCO Bangkok finds that in Asia-Pacific, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) youth are disproportionately at risk of school bullying, discrimination and violence. For them, a supportive teacher can transform their entire outlook on school and, with it, their learning outcomes and their future.

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