Talking to school girls about reproductive health: an experience in Alexandria

Dear Members,

Dr. Sara Ahmed Hanafy, Research Program Officer in Alexandria Regional Centre for Women’s Health and Development is sharing with us her article on reproductive health education for school girl in Alexandria. Click on this link to download it:

“Minding the gap in Alexandria. Talking to girls in schools about reproductive health.”, Population Reference Bureau, February 2012- English.

“Minding the gap in Alexandria. Talking to girls in schools about reproductive health.”, Population Reference Bureau, February 2012 – Arabic.

“Reproductive health (RH) is one of the cornerstones of an individual’s health and well-being, and an important component of a country’s human social development. Universal access to reproductive health services is a target under the Millennium Development Goals, reflecting international consensus that RH issues are linked to development, social justice, human rights, and gender equality.  Limited access to RH information among female adolescents can increase their vulnerability to health problems. Therefore, it is important to provide them with accurate and age-appropriate information.”

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4 Responses to Talking to school girls about reproductive health: an experience in Alexandria

  1. Dr. Ihab El Ayouty says:

    I think we also need to address the boys as well, as both genders need to know more about this issue sientificaly

  2. D. Amal Mokhtar says:

    It is very important subject , we must interest to give young girls right knowledge instead there achieve it from wrong ways like friends, non specialized channels, even parents canno’t talks with their daughters in this critical point especially in Arabian countries.

  3. I think one of the main challenges are the contradicting messages adolescents receive from different sources. Parents gave very conservative and limited information. Peers give imaginary almost completely exaggerated image of sex and sexual behaviors. Religious scholars depend highly on the emotions and bringing up fear than working on a consistent understandable logical message. Last but not the least, the internet and the ‘adult’ sites and videos widely shared give an extreme image that do not necessarily exist in real life, at least in terms of the figure of the sex partner.
    We need to work on a unified consistent message that addresses and respects the physical and intellectual needs of the youth.

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