co-hosted a virtual round table on gender-transformative comprehensive sexuality education (CSE). Moderated by Pavita Singh, Executive Director of Girls Health Ed, the event featured the following keynote speakers who shared their perspectives on the current climate of CSE:
Sarah Craven, Director, Washington Office, UNFPA
Sarah Hillware, Founder and Board Chair, Girls Health Ed
Dr. Flavia Bustreo, Former Assistant Director General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health, World Health Organization
Siddharth Chatterjee, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Kenya
Our 5 key takeaways from the event:
- CSE is critical to addressing the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on girls and young women.
- CSE is not just about health outcomes, but can change attitudes and behaviors and increase self-confidence and self-care.
- CSE must be intersectional and include menstrual health, human rights, and gender-based violence prevention.
- Buy-in from governments and communities is vital to promoting and safeguarding CSE.
- CSE ought to be integrated into other areas to address a broader scope of challenges girls and women face throughout their lives.
We would like to thank all of our keynote speakers and discussants for joining the roundtable and moving the conversation on CSE forward. We look forward to more such conversations and hope that this roundtable will be the start of many fruitful collaborations in the advancement of CSE.
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