Awareness campaign for sex education and International SexEd Day, 20th November
Awareness campaign for sex education and International SexEd Day, 20th November.
Awareness campaign for sex education
The International technical guidance on sexuality education of the UNESCO are fully in line with the Raelian philosophy that has, for more than 40 years, advocated the necessity to explain sexuality and the notion of pleasure, just like UNESCO (2009, 2015, 2017, 2019), the WHO (2010) and UNFPA (2014, 2015) have concluded in their reports.
The taboos and the law of silence that currently rule over sexuality education are destructive and dangerous. It's imperative that the guiding principles issued by UNESCO and WHO experts who favor sexuality education from childhood be genuinely implemented by governments that do absolutely nothing even where laws exist but are hardly implemented (for example in France).
The goal is to give children and adolescents a sex education that is adapted to their age and culture and that emphasizes pleasure, fulfillment and well-being in terms of sexual health as defined by World Health Organization.
Anchored in the fundamental rights defined by many international treaties including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) allows children and adolescents to develop their autonomy in order to preserve their well-being, their health and their dignity especially in the face of the risks of violence and sexual abuse.
There is a huge gap between the way adults—including politicians and parents—perceive sexuality education and the reality that children and adolescents face on a daily basis. This failure by adults to recognize the importance of sex education and pleasure generates incredible suffering in children such as discrimination and abuse. It must change and for this to happen a global awareness of the absolute necessity of a sexual education worthy of its name is required. It's a human right.
International SexEd Day, 20th November
Launched in 2015, SexEd Day is the IRM's annual awareness campaign for sex education in childhood as recommended by experts from several international institutions‘ research reports including UNESCO and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. It takes place each year on November 20th, International Day for Children’s Rights.
In several countries, demonstrations are organized in front of the UNESCO and UNO offices the Ministries of Education to :
- To ask governements to enforce the guidelines issued by UNESCO experts in favour of sex education from the age of 5, including information about masturbation.
- To denounce the censorship by the UNESCO of the first report (May 2009), compiled by experts and evidence-based, following pressures from Christian lobby who have had the teaching on masturbation from the age of 5 removed. This part, censored by UNESCO*, has still not been reintroduced in the 2018 updated version of the report even though the WHO Regional Office for Europe went ahead and published it, and went a step further by advocating this explanation particularly during childhood**. Backward religious pressures must not interfere in a scientific report prepared by experts, only ones qualified to decide on the educational content are the experts in sex education, all of whom, and the sole concern should be the healthy development of the children, up to their coming of age and beyond, without any interference from the religious beliefs of their parents.
- To request the reissue of UNESCO's report on sexuality education in accordance with the studies of experts, and the implementation of these basic guiding principles by governments.
* Censored excerpt of the 2009 UNESCO report: «Learning Objectives for Level I (5-8): Explain the concept of private parts of the body. Key Ideas: • Most children are curious about their bodies • It is natural to explore and touch parts of one’s own body • Bodies can feel good when touched • Touching and rubbing one’s genitals is called masturbation • Some people masturbate and some do not • Masturbation is not harmful but should be done in private.» (p.48).
** Excerpt of the 2010 WHO report: "Matrix (0-4): Sexuality / Informing the child about the pleasure and satisfaction of touching one's own body, early childhood masturbation • discovering one's own body and genitals • the fact that the pleasure of physical contact is a normal part of everyone's life • gentleness and physical contact as an expression of love and affection (p.38).
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Press releases :
November 2019, International Day for Sexuality Education from Childhood: Mobilizing against Religious and Political Interference
November 2018, 4th International Day for Sex Education from Childhood
November 2017, Sexuality Education Day: Raelians to mobilize on Nov. 20, promoting early sex education to prevent sexual assault and harassment
November 2016, SexEd Day : SexEd Day: sex education, a child’s fundamental right
November 2015, Rael launches first Sex Education Day, supports controversial UNESCO guidelines for early childhood sex education
June 2015, Rael supports controversial UNESCO guidelines for early childhood sex education
May 2015, Raelians applaud Liz Sandals, Ontario Minister of Education, but they think that she is not going far enough in the sexual education at school http://raelpress.org/comment.php?comment.news.413
March 2011, Rael awards Honorary Guide title to Northwestern University ‘Sex Professor’ http://raelpress.org/comment.php?comment.news.224
December 2010, Rael supports German government’s publication about healthy sex http://raelpress.org/comment.php?comment.news.209
September 2009, Rael applauds UNESCO position favoring early sex education for children
January 2009, Rael: ‘Pledge education is criminal. To ward off STDs and teen pregnancies, forget pledges and offer protection!’
UNESCO (2009). International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education : An evidence- informed approach for schools teachers and health educators. http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0018/001832/183281e.pdf
UNESCO (2015). Emerging Evidence, Lessons and Practice in Comprehensive Sexuality Education, a global review. http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002431/243106e.pdf
UNESCO (2017). Revised edition. International technical guidance on sexuality education: an evidence-informed approach. http://www.unfpa.org/sites/default/files/pub-pdf/266214fre.pdf ou http://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000266214?posInSet=1&queryId=ead5531e-56ab-4ac2-8a7d-dbb2a501289c
UNESCO (2019). Facing the facts: the case for comprehensive sexuality education.
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000368231 (more languages on : http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/node/2791)
UNFPA (2014). UNFPA Operational Guidance for Comprehensive Sexuality Education : A Focus on Human Rights and Gender. www.unfpa.org/sites/default/files/pub-pdf/UNFPA_OperationalGuidance_WEB3.pdf
UNFPA (2015). The Evaluation of Comprehensive Sexuality Education Programmes : A Focus on the Gender and Empowerment Outcomes. www.unfpa.org/sites/default/files/pub-pdf/UNFPAEvaluationWEB4.pdf
World Health Organisation (2010). Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe. www.oif.ac.at/fileadmin/OEIF/andere_Publikationen/WHO_BZgA_Standards.pdf