Summer Webinar Series - Resources and Questions from August 21, 2019

Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Speaker: Mariana Cruz Murueta, Senior Program Officer, CSE, IPPF Western Hemisphere Region




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Q&A continued

How does one become a peer educator? What are the ages limits? What training is received?

Becoming a peer educator depends on each Member Association and on the type of training course they can offer; however, the following definition clarifies IPPF’s approach and ways of engaging young people as peer educators. Peer-educators are normally between the ages of 15 to 24 years old, and they normally receive a 40 hours training, which consist in addressing the key components of “It’s All One Curriculum”, and/or specific training on the provision of youth friendly services, referral systems, counseling and harm reduction (abortion). 

More resources: 
•    Included, Involved, Inspired. A Framework for youth peer education programmes.
•    Youth peer education toolkit: Training of the trainers
•    UNICEF. Peers teaching peers to prevent HIV

Do you also discuss or have resources on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)?
IPPF has developed different document on this important issue, and has strongly advocated for its elimination in international and national public spaces. In our region, there are other forms of violence that need to be addressed urgently. 

Briefing paper – Female Genital Mutilation:

International Medical Advisory Panel (IMAP) Statement on the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation:

Are you planning to produce a video for AMAZE about safe abortion? 
This is an excellent idea and it is a topic we’ve have discussed with the AMAZE team in the United States; however, we have not yet developed a script. If you are interested, please send us your info and we’ll happy to share more information with you.  

Is a Swahili translation planned?
Absolutely! We are working with UNFPA in Africa, but if you are part of an organization that would be interested in translating/adapting some specific topics into Swahili, please let us know at:

Are you working with parents to help them understand the need for CSE for children and adolescents?
Yes! Most of our CSE programs include workshops and dialogues with parents. In Bolivia, for example, there is a parents’ network that advocate for CSE course in formal educational settings. In other countries, our MAs carry out communication’s campaigns to reach parents with positive messages and evidence- based information so that they can be informed on the needs and demands of their kids. 

What are best practices for engaging girls and boys? Should CSE be delivered to them together or separately? (For example: on issues such as sexual assault and gender-based violence)
Our MAs have successfully participated in both types of groups formats: together and separately, and it has worked very well. With regards to sexual assault and gender-based violence, Mexfam, our MA in Mexico, released the results of a three years research on how CSE reduces intimate partner violence. These interventions took place in both type of classes: only girls and girls and boys, and there were not significant changes when responding to interviews or CSE interventions’ assessment. 

Please find the research summary in the following link: 

You explained how you work with Venezuelan migrants in the Caribbean. Do you also work with these populations in Colombia?
Yes. At this moment, PROFAMILIA Colombia is doing a lot of work with Venezuelan migrants in border cities. They kindly shared with us a PPT presentation that briefly explains some of the activities they are carrying out. If you have further questions, please contact me and I’ll be happy to put you in contact with PROFAMILIA’s team. 

**How do you ensure that abortion stigma doesn't prevent adolescent and youth to have access to safe abortion services?
There is a protocol to work with young people to access safe abortion services. This protocol is called “Risks and damage reduction”. Additional information to be shared. 

**In Colombia, do you have established partnerships with both public and private schools?
Yes! PROFAMILIA has worked with public and private schools. Additional information to be shared.  

**I’ve asked my colleagues and PROFAMILIA to provide additional information. 

How do you deliver CSE to populations (e.g. migrants, marginalized groups, those in emergency or humanitarian settings) that are not yet linked with education/health/social services, etc.?
Yes. Our MAs work with different populations and the way they normally do it is through communitarian spaces, out-of-school setting and with their mobile units. Volunteers, educators, promoters and health providers go to remote places to provide CSE in different ways: one CSE session (a minimum of one hour) or a set of sessions (from 2 to 3 CSE interventions). They (young people) are also referred to clinics or to the mobile unit that is visiting and providing services in town. 
Please let me share with you a video that PROFAMILIA Colombia produced to explain how they work with displaced populations:

CSE on Displaced People (Powerpoint)
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Posted on 2019-08-27