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Youth urge access to sex education

Update: December, 23/2014 - 09:15
Though accounting for 60-70 percent of the workforce, migrant labourers usually lack basic knowledge of sexual and reproductive health.— Photo dantri

HA NOI (VNS) — A workshop on the sexual and reproductive health rights of young people as stipulated in the draft revised Law on Young People took place in Ha Noi on Sunday, focusing on the rights of disadvantaged groups.

Officials from Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Home Affairs, the UN Population Fund and experts in the field joined 60 young people representing students, the disabled, migrant workers, homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals living and working in the capital city.

Participants urged improving sex education at school to counter limited access to sexual and reproductive health information.

They also voiced concerns about discrimination in family and schools, calling for more specific regulations in sub-law documents to prevent discrimination.

Representatives also underscored that while accounting for 60-70 percent of the workforce, migrant labourers usually had unstable jobs with low income. As a result, most of them lacked basic knowledge of sexual and reproductive health, putting them at high risk of violence, unsafe abortions and sexually transmitted diseases.

Organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs' Youth Affairs Department, the forum aimed to connect young people directly with policy makers and give them an opportunity to contribute ideas to the Youth Law. — VNS


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