With nearly 18.5% of the population being infected with HIV, the global AIDS pandemic had reached a climax in the East African state of Uganda in 1992. Since then, advanced medical care programmes, political efforts and increased education about the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases have managed to drastically lower the numbers, with nowadays roughly 3% of people in the country living with the disease. However, women remain disproportionally affected, and this number still forms one of the highest in East Africa. Next to that, with nearly a quarter of girls becoming pregnant before they come of age, the number of teenage pregnancies remains very high.
The right to sexual and reproductive health forms an essential part of a variety of human rights. Nevertheless, their protection and safeguarding in many countries is far from optimal. Teaching about sexual and reproductive health involves touching sensitive topics, often stigmatised in cultures, traditions or religious beliefs.
How can sexual and reproductive health be taught effectively and in harmony with local cultures and beliefs? What makes the Ugandan case special?
Dr Billie de Haas
Dr Billie de Haas is an assistant professor of Population Studies at the University of Groningen. As a freelance researcher, she specialises in sexual and reproductive health rights, including HIV and AIDS. Her PhD research focused specifically on school-based sexuality education in Uganda, paying attention to the role of personal and cultural experiences regarding sexuality. She is an active member of Share-Net Netherlands, the Dutch knowledge platform on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The lecture will take place around the gazebo in the park Noorderplantsoen, everyone is encouraged to bring their own blanket to sit on. Hand sanitiser will be provided and it will be made sure to keep at least 1.5 metres distance between different participants.
|Event title||Keiweek SIB-Groningen|
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