Press ReleaseSexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Organizations Issue Call to Action for Sex Education
Over 180 groups have signed on to the #SexEdForAll Call to Action to demand funding and legislation to ensure every student receives quality sex ed.
May 4, 2020
For Immediate Release
B altimore, MD—May is Sex Ed for All Month, an initiative spearheaded by a coalition of sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations committed to ensuring all young people have access to the education and health care they need to secure the future they envision for themselves.
Throughout May, the Sex Education Coalition—including Advocates for Youth, Answer, Healthy Teen Network, In Our Own Voice, NACCHO, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, Planned Parenthood, Power to Decide, SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change, and URGE—will bring digital resources directly to young people, continue to support parents and educators as they navigate remote learning, and keep advancing policies that ensure all young people are equipped with the education, information, and resources they need to make informed decisions. Organizing partners represent every facet of the fight for sex education, from educators and trainers, to parents, to policy makers, to young people themselves, including those living in rural settings, communities of color, LGBTQ+ youth, immigrants, youth with lower incomes, and youth in foster care.
Each week during May, groups will highlight a different aspect of the fight for sex education and how you can be an advocate from home.
Over 180 organizations have signed on to the Sex Ed For All Month Call to Action, which will be shared with federal, state, and local legislators to demand funding and legislation to ensure every student receives quality sex education.
Decades of research show strong support for sex education among parents, educators, young people, and the general public. Unfortunately, too many young people in the U.S. do not receive the tools they need to make informed sexual and reproductive health decisions because funding and quality of education programs vary significantly across the country.
With schools closed in nearly every state due to the COVID-19 pandemic, young people, parents, educators, and advocates are encouraged to participate in the #SexEdForAll video challenge by sharing how sex education can promote social change. The video challenge will bring real voices across the nation together, elevating the importance of why all young people—no matter who they are, where they live, or what their income is—have the right to the information and skills they need to protect their health.
Each week during May, groups will highlight a different aspect of the fight for sex education and how you can be an advocate from home:
May 4-8: Sex ed for all for social change: An introduction to why we need sex ed for all, and what we need to do to get there
May 11-15: Engaging young people directly: A focus on youth, including providing digital sex education resources for young people and lifting up youth voices in advocating for sex education
May 18-22: Focus on parents and educators: How we can support parents and educators from home, and how parents and educators can be advocates in the fight for sex education
May 26-30: Policy priorities and demands for sex education: Engaging policymakers on how federal funding and policies supporting sex education and sexual health services can help young people, including a call to action for federal, state, and local legislators.
Young people need and deserve quality sex education and sexual health care all year round, no matter what. Get involved this month by telling us why you believe in sex education for all: participate in the #SexEdForAll video challenge and follow the hashtag on social media.
“Access to high-quality, comprehensive sex education and health services is essential. And it’s a human right.”
— Janet Max, Vice President
“Access to high-quality, comprehensive sex education and health services is essential. And it’s a human right. Unfortunately, we know that not all young people get the sex ed they need. A global pandemic can magnify the disparities and inequities that exist—both now and before. We have a responsibility to make sure our nation’s young people have access to the sexual health education and services they need to be able to lead healthy, sexual lives. Healthy Teen Network is proud to be a part of this national coalition and share the call to action for #SexEdForAll. Sex ed for all youth. Sex ed for all places. Sex ed for all times.”
— Janet Max, Vice President, Healthy Teen Network
Healthy Teen Network believes every young person has the right to live their authentic sexuality. That means making decisions about their own body and relationships—and feeling good doing it...Including decisions about if, when, and how to parent (or not)...The freedom to become the person they want to be.
Healthy Teen Network envisions a world where all young people lead healthy and fulfilling lives. That’s why they've made it their mission to promote better outcomes for young people by advancing social change, cultivating innovation, and strengthening youth-supporting professionals and organizations.
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