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  1. Coming of age in the classroom: religious and cultural barriers to comprehensive sexuality education

    This paper elucidates evidence which underscores anxieties and panic about sexuality and sexual behaviour of young people influenced by movements advancing a distinct religious identity, and the implications for advocacy on advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). Synthesised in this document is evidence from two countries - Bangladesh and India - on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), an area of controversy (to varying degree) in both countries. Evidence from each country stem from national studies on the influence of religion on CSE, and are qualitative in nature. …

  2. Religion and sexuality: a report on faith-based responses to children's comprehensive sexuality education and information

    This research on faith-based perspectives on Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Information (CSE & I) seeks to explore the role of African faith-leaders in providing CSE & I, specifically the extent of their current and potential involvement, and how their involvement can be enhanced.

  3. L’éducation à la sexualité: conceptions d’enseignants et futurs enseignants de trois pays maghrébins (Tunisie, Maroc, Algérie)

    Cet article analyse les conceptions d’enseignants et futurs enseignants sur l’éducation à la sexualité dans les trois pays du Maghreb: Tunisie, Algérie, Maroc. Un questionnaire, construit et validé dans le cadre du projet de recherche européen BIOHEAD-Citizen, a été rempli par 1306 enseignants et futurs enseignants de ces trois pays. Des analyses multivariées ont permis d’identifier des différences entre les trois pays, ainsi que certaines convergences, et d’établir des liens entre les conceptions des enseignants sur l’éducation à la sexualité, et leurs opinions religieuses ou politiques. …

  4. Sexuality and religion

    Faith and religion can play very important roles in many young people’s lives; they can influence your choices, values and your way of life. Faith also helps you make choices about your sexuality, your relationships and your sexual and reproductive health. In this issue we also talk about the role of parents and give some tips on how to improve communication and resolve conflicts between parents and young people on sexual matters.

  5. Study of knowledge, perception and attitude of adolescent girls towards STIs/HIV, safer sex and sex education: (A cross sectional survey of urban adolescent school girls in South Delhi, India)

    This cross-sectional study conducted in 2007 in South Delhi, India aimed to assess adolescent school girls' knowledge, attitudes and perceptionsátowards STIs/HIV and safer sex practices and sex education and to explore current sexual behavior. Two hundred and fifty-one female students from two senior secondary schools completed self-administered questionnaires. Over 33% of students did nto have accurate knowledge of the symptoms of STIs other than HIV. …

  6. Go Girls! Visual Briefs

    This booklet contains flipcharts on a variety of topics to help communities identify ways to make environment safer for girls.

  7. HIV/AIDS in Armenia: a socio-cultural approach

    This publication presents the full-length review of the current situation of the epidemic in Armenia from a socio-cultural perspective.

  8. Influence of religious affiliation and education on HIV knowledge and HIV-related sexual behaviors among unmarried youth in rural central Mozambique

    The interactions among religious affiliation, education, HIV knowledge, and HIV-related sexual behaviors among African church youth are poorly understood. In this sociodemographic study, 522 unmarried youth 12-28 years old in rural central Mozambique were surveyed with a structured questionnaire. Using binary logistic regression analysis, the authors used religious affiliation and education to measure influence on (1) HIV transmission and prevention knowledge and attitudes and (2) HIV-related sexual behaviors among youth. …

  9. Unidades didácticas para el tratamiento de la diversidad afectivo-sexual en el área de Religión Católica

    Las unidades didácticas que aquí se presentan van dirigidas al profesorado de la asignatura de Religión Católica así como a todas aquellas personas que, por su labor educativa o pastoral necesiten plantear, desde una visión religiosa, la dimensión afectivo-sexual de las relaciones humanas en toda su diversidad. Se pretende dotar a estos profesionales de instrumentos de reflexión para trabajar con adolescentes y profundizar, de manera práctica y eficaz, en la comprensión y la vivencia de una sexualidad sana y saludable desde una perspectiva de vida cristiana. …

  10. Pastoral Action on HIV and AIDS

    This handbook contains guidelines for running a training course for churches on pastoral action in response to HIV and AIDS. It also includes case studies of the work of several leaders of Africa independent churches which have responded in particulary innovative ways to the challenges of the AIDS epidemic.

  11. Call to Me: How the Bible speaks in the age of AIDS

    This pratical handbook consists of 20 Bible studies on topics related to HIV and AIDS, e.g. sex and sexuality; healing; death, grief and mourning; stigma, discrimination and denial; church leadership; marriage; fear and anxiety; and children. It is designed for use by churches, faith-based organisations, NGOs and community groups, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.

  12. ISESCO Guide for the Incorporation of Reproductive Health and Gender Concepts into Islamic Education Curricula

    Le manuel a pour objet d'aider les concepteurs des programmes d'éducation islamique à mieux cerner des concepts éducatifs nouveaux se rapportant à la santé génésique, la santé des adolescents aussi bien que les questions du genre social et leur intégration dans les programmes d'éducation islamique, en s'inspirant du Saint Coran.

  13. Advancing reproductive health and family planning through religious leaders and faith-based organizations

    Relationships with FBOs are essential to community-based health work, but can be difficult to forge. Some religious traditions reject the use of contraception. Others may accept family planning within marriage, but do not feel condoms should be distributed to young unmarried people. Some religious leaders believe that prayer is enough to protect their followers from AIDS. …

  14. Un enfoque cultural de la prevención y la atención del VIH/SIDA en México y Centro América

    El taller que dio origen a este documento surge de esta preocupación. Organizado en el marco del proyecto conjunto UNESCO/ONUSIDA "Un enfoque cultural de la prevención y la atención del VIH/SIDA", este taller fue celebrado en la ciudad de la Antigua, Guatemala, en el mes de mayo de 2004, y reunió a numerosas personas pertenecientes a Asociaciones de la sociedad civil que trabajan con y para personas que viven con el VIH/SIDA. Los organismos internacionales y gubernamentales que acudieron, pudieron recuperar sus conocimientos y escuchar sus demandas e iniciativas

  15. Understanding religious and political opposition to reproductive health and rights: a resource guide

    This publication addresses a number of issue areas that U.S.-based groups opposed to reproductive rights have rallied around in recent years. The guide is a collaborative effort by International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF EN), Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), and SIECUS. The publication was developed as a key resource for a meeting held earlier this month in Brussels by leading European and U.S. groups that focused on the importance of opposition work. …

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