Sexuality and Reproductive Health Rights

champagne
Posted October 1, 2015 from Philippines

Rapid population growth,early pregnancy,unplanned pregnancy,early sexual initiation,child birth complications are those problems in Philippines especially in rural areas.And it bring an impact in economic and living conditions around the world.

22years old and up is an ideal age for pregnancy.But in reality,13-16 years are the highest population of pregnancy in Philippines.Early pregnancy is very risky,because as a adolescents the reproductive systems is not ready to develop a new life inside the uterus.It can affect emotionally and psychology.Being a mother is a full time responsibility.You should prepared physically,emotionally and psychologically.1 or 3 children,the ideal number of children,so that the parents can take care the family properly,can provide a better a life for their children.But in reality 6,7,8 or 12 are the children in family.And during the child birth most done at home.Because there's no public lying-in available in the community,lack of health personnel.Mother suffered from childbirth complications,put their lives at risk and it can cause death of both mother and child.

The only answer for these problems are:

Sex education for the youth.It includes comprehensive,strong sex education.Sufficient knowledge on reproductive system,it's functions,menstrual cycle and fertility.Risk of early pregnancy.

Family planning for the couple.It is very important.Contraceptive,and other methods that can prevent pregnancy.And protect oneself from being affected by HIV,STD and AIDS.Using contraceptive in Philippines depend on government source for commodities.

I want to see the youth wearing a school uniform.A happy family.And a growing development country.

Grassroots Mobilizing

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nikhila.sl
Oct 02, 2015
Oct 02, 2015

Hi Champagne,

Thank you for your post! I agree with all the points you have put forward.

One other thing I would like to add, since youth usually don't think about the consequences -  Providing sex education to the youth - especially boys - about the consequences (public , economic)  of getting a young girl pregnant. I understand that government should be doing more with their resources - like ads on tv about contraception and giving statistics and numbers about how many young mothers and babies have physical complications after delivery. Even if this is done on a small scale, like flyers around the neighborhood, especially near schools and colleges - would be beneficial.

I hope to hear more from you, as you have brought our attention on an important matter.

Thank you,

Nikhila

champagne
Oct 03, 2015
Oct 03, 2015

Thank you Nikhila!And be a responsible parents to our children all these things,when they reached the age of adolescence.

Regards,Champagne:-)

Liz Poulsen
Oct 08, 2015
Oct 08, 2015

Champagne - 

It is so great to see someone else that feels so strongly about reproductive rights! This has been the main focus of my career and life for the last few years, for all of the reasons you list and more. Teaching sex ed to teenagers has been by far my favorite job I've ever had!

I think one of the greatest obstacles in promoting reproductive rights is so silly but so hard to change: people don't feel comfortable talking about sex. But, I think that the more people like you and me act as role models, showing that it is possible to be out there in the world talking about sexuality and reproductive rights, I think that will create space for others to feel comfortable talking about these topics too. We can make it normal! And once it is normalized, there will be space for rational conversation about the consequences of refusing to talk about sex, and why it is so important to do so (especially with young populations).

Please let me know if you would have any use for curricula for teaching about sexuality and reproductive rights; I have lots of materials from my experience as a teacher and I would be happy to share them.

In solidarity,

Liz

Damilola Fasoranti
Oct 09, 2015
Oct 09, 2015

Dear Champagne,

I really like your suggestions about this topic. It is good to read that we are all into this challenge in our various countries. The knowledge you have shared here is useful and if we all act accordingly, we can overcome.

Let me take a leaf from Nikhila's comment, it is important to educate the boys as well. We all need to arise to this situation. This is a sensitive topic in many cultures to talk about, yet there are many issues around it that is breaking families, destroying friendships and so on.

It is high time we developed the platform to talk about this in an open and empowering way to our children and youths of today.

I will like to hear more from your accomplishments in this project.

Hearty Cheers,

Fasoranti.

champagne
Oct 11, 2015
Oct 11, 2015

Thank you Liz,

Really nice to hear that someone support me about this topic.Sometimes,culture and religion is reason why people aloof to talk about sex.And I respect that.But wherever we came,no matter what our beliefs we are all experiencing the same when it comes to sex.I mean we are all human.The same reproductive systems.Like in Philippines when you talk about sex especially woman people say,"hack so dirty".I respect that because of our conservative culture.But if someone have courage to explain to them especially young people then they will understand.

I started to know,understand and have awareness about sex ed when I was 16 yrs.old.Thank you for the DSWP,a non-government organization,empowering women's.

Liz thank you so much for the materials about sex ed that you offered to me.Yes,please I need those materials you had.It really helps me to used during our group conversation.Keep in touch and more power to you.

Sincerely,

Champagne

Liz Poulsen
Oct 19, 2015
Oct 19, 2015

Hi Champagne - 

Sorry for the delayed response!

I can't attach materials directly here, but I have posted some resources in World Pulse's resource library. You should be able to access my post here: https://www.worldpulse.com/en/community/resources/library/62077

I haven't used these exact lesson plans, but I did look through these manuals and they look really good! Hope they are useful for you and I hope to hear more from you in the future.

Warmly,

Liz

champagne
Oct 11, 2015
Oct 11, 2015

Hi Fasoranti,

Thank you so much.You inspired me,it's very rarely to see a man who supported about this topic.Yes,it's really important that we should educate boys also about sex.Because,as a woman sometimes we are weak when it comes to love especially in young age.But if a man have a knowledge about the consequences of early sexual initiation,then he know how to control and know the limitations in young relationship.

I hope that there are more men who will support about sex ed.And more father who will educate about there children about this topic.

Warm regards,

Champagne

champagne
Oct 22, 2015
Oct 22, 2015

Hi Liz,

Thank you so much!It's really help me to fully understand about sexuality.And give me more knowledge.Hope to hear more from you.

Regards,Champagne