NGO launches sex ed forum

MUTARE - A local non-governmental organisation (NGO), Zimbabwe Women's Forum (ZIWOF) last week launched a forum addressing sexual and reproductive health issues.

Speaking at its conference held in the city, deputy director of ZIWOF, Thelma Magama, said the issue of sexuality was contemporary and critical especially in light of the HIV and Aids epidemic.

“We have recognised that the issue of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and Practices ought to be addressed in efforts to curb the prevalence of HIV and Aids,” said Magama.

She said the NGO was hoping to break a barrier in the stigma associated with addressing issues of reproductive health.

“This conference should present our future leaders with the opportunity to speak out concerning issues related to the pandemic and what can be done to erode the stigma associated with the virus,” she said.

The NGO revealed that the need to introduce such a forum came about after a baseline survey, conducted in June 2009 on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and Practices revealed that there was lack of information dissemination.

She said most of the targeted women, mostly from remote tertiary institutions and rural districts were not aware of their sexual rights.

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