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SEMINAR ON "INTEGRATION OF GENDER EQUALITY AND SEXUAL & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RIGHTS PERSPECTIVE"

Young people form one of the largest groups with unmet needs for reproductive health services. Most young people face serious health risks with too little factual information, as well as lack of guidance about sexual responsibility and the access to health care. Meeting young adults’ diverse needs challenges parents, communities, health care providers and educators. In this regard, Sabah Family Planning Association organized a seminar on “Integration of Gender Equality and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Perspective” on 22nd August 2003 at Beverly Hotel, Kota Kinabalu which was attended by volunteers, staff, teachers and youths.

The seminar was organized with the following objectives:-
  1. To sensitise personal from all levels in understanding the needs to gain information and knowledge on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) pertaining to young people.
  2. To reduce sensitivity and encourage open and honest discussions on issues pertaining to adolescents and sexuality.
  3. To recognize the needs to formulate appropriate programme and service strategies to meet the reproductive health needs of youth.
  4. To gain community support as to ensure the sustainability of SRH related activities.
  5. To increase collaboration, involvement and support of key stakeholders for the promotion and better coordination of the FPA Youth-Friendly Clinic and Youth Club.
A speaker from the Federation of Family Planning Associations, Malaysia (FFPAM), Ms Piaro Kaur delivered her message under several headings, eg., An over-view on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) of adolescents and issue on Youth-Friendly Clinic. This project was implemented successfully and effectively. The young people unanimously recognised the benefits of such programmes where they could learn and respond to their individual needs and rights. At the same time, this seminar gained the community support in addressing the needs of young adults through the feedback from the participants.

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