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30% of India’s total population constitutes young people aged between 10 and 24. This group undergoes physical and mental changes and is also exposed to matters related to sex from their surroundings. However, since talking about sex is a taboo in India, they are unable to access accurate and unbiased information on this topic. Often, young people have few reliable avenues for seeking information about these issues. In our experience, we have seen that young people are too uncomfortable to ask their parents sex-related questions; meanwhile, despite being mandated to provide information and counselling on health-related matters, health centres and hospitals often refuse to provide these services to young people, particularly adolescents. The lack of accurate information on reproductive and sexual health not only leaves young women and men vulnerable to STIs, but also to violence and exploitation.
We, The YP Foundation, believe that the solution to these problems is increased access to Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE). CSE aims to provide young people, with fact-based information to encourage a positive view of sexuality. Apart from contraception and reproductive biology, CSE covers a gamut of issues around sexuality, including consent, gender, and patriarchy, abuse, etc. Equipped with information about the interconnectedness of these themes, young people can tackle these issues more effectively and can make better-informed decisions related to their physical, sexual and emotional well-being.
The YP Foundation
The YP Foundation is an intersectional and feminist youth-led organisation.
We work in India at the national level to support and develop youth leadership to advance the rights of young women, girls and other marginalised youth. Our work seeks to empower young people to access information about their health, education and rights, and to use this information for their own development.