Alfred Soton (Mass Media Communication Coordinator, ABMS) also wanted to share his experience after the training week. “In summary, I am very proud of this training, which offered us many opportunities to correct our prejudices and our behaviour towards certain key target groups, such as young people and sexual diversities. Also, the training offered me the opportunity overcome my own embarrassments and talk with my nine year old daughter about her future menstruation. It was a relief for me and my wife, as we feared our daughter would be confronted with the event without knowing what was happening to her. From now on, it will be easier for me to address sensitive topics with others without embarrassment!”, he said.
Recognising that it is an illusion that we have actual control over the young people we work with, and that it is thus a myth that we lose that control if we apply an empowering approach to their (sexual) education, is a crucial but very difficult aspect of the right-based approach to SRHR. Especially in more autocratic societies, where parents and other educators traditionally perceive that their authority depends mostly on all-knowing and directive, no-discussion-or-questions-allowed behaviour. As participants to Rutgers’ training have said: “It will take courage to change the way we educate our children, as it might be very different from how we were raised, but if we don’t dare to be pioneers now, the next generation will still lack the information and support we missed ourselves.“
1 SRHR: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
2 TMT is a short training subsidy of The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) of NUFFIC, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
3 Association Béninoise pour la Promotion de la Famille
4 Association Béninoise pour le Marketing Social
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