Make SRHR- Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights as part of school curriculum.

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India has the world’s largest youth population, 28% of population that is 356 million are youths in the age group of 10-24 years.  However, despite adolescents being a huge segment of the population, policies and programs in India have focused very little effort on the adolescent group. Adolescence is shrouded in myths and misconceptions about sexual health and sexuality. In Indian culture, talking about sex is taboo. Consequently, little information is provided to adolescents about sexual health.

·         The average age of menarche is 13.4 years that is reducing now and 50% of rural and urban girls have no information or understanding of this basic biological process.

·         India has more than 10 million pregnant adolescents and adolescent mothers.

·         One in six girls begins childbearing between the ages of 13 and 19 years.

·         One source suggests that 44.7% of girls between the ages of 15 and 19 years in rural areas are married.

·         Approximately 56% of adolescent girls are anemic.

·         Only 7.4% of married girls between the ages of 15 and 19 years use contraception.

 

With increasing number of child marriages, teenage pregnancies, rape and abuse of girls, reduction in age of menarche it is high time break our silence about Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights.

At the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo in 1994, governments from 179 countries, including India, agreed that information and services should be made available to adolescents to help them understand their sexuality and protect their health.

Comprehensive sexuality education helps empower young people to protect their health and well-being as they grow and take on family responsibilities.  Providing sexuality and reproductive health education in schools is cost-effective because most adolescents in India are enrolled in school.  So, schools are the best place to Provide Sexual and Reproductive health education.

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