Stories: Sexual Education

  • Sex education offers Syrian women the chance of a better life

    Sitting cross-legged around the edge of the bright and airy living room in an old Turkish stone house, the group of assembled women is transfixed. Ghazwa al-Milaji is making elaborate hand gestures. “You have two ovaries,” she says, twiddling her two hands mid-air. “And two fallopian tubes,” she adds, drawing arcs. Then she cups her palms...

  • The intricacies of transitioning: How to safely make the change

    When Charice Pempengco– the girl whose singing prowess brought her to popular American programs such as “Ellen” and “Oprah”–decided to transition to embrace his identity as transman Jake Zyrus, one of the biggest questions from the public who grew up watching him was, “What will happen to his voice?” It was...

  • South Africa’s plan to tackle HIV among sex workers

    Johannesburg, South Africa - In the shadow of an underpass, wearing a black bob wig, Tlaleng paces along her patch of Nugget Street, scanning the downtown Johannesburg traffic. Behind her, other women lead clients behind the crumbling walls of a gutted building in the brisk morning light. But Tlaleng, a boiled egg in one palm, is distracted, her eyes roaming...

  • Sex Workers Are Excited for the World Cup Because They Think It Will Make Them Rich

    Gabriela Jancart came to Recife five years ago from the nearby, rural town of Palmares in search of work to support her mother. Her high-school education might have landed her a job in a shop or hotel, if not for one problem: Jancart is transsexual, and she faces prejudice almost everywhere she goes. “Some people throw rocks and...

  • On Sexuality Education: An Interview with TARSHI

    TARSHI (Talking about Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues) is a Delhi-based NGO that works on sexuality with an affirmative and rights-based approach. It runs an infoline on topics related to sexual and reproductive health, HIV, contraceptive choices, sexual and gender identities, violence, safety and pleasure. The organisation is also involved in training, advocacy and research.  In light of...

  • Increased Focus on Sex Promotes Education, Contraceptive Sales on Valentine’s Day

    Jide Odi, 27, a graduate from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, says Valentine’s Day usually leads to an increase in sexual activity.  “People say Valentine’s Day is a time for couples in a relationship to actually have unlimited sex,” he says. “It is the accepted day for one-time marathon sex. So naturally, it is...

  • Stating the Obvious

    The light hung low, the air was pleasant, the bottles at the bar counter of Mumbai’s Press Club gleamed warmly on that winter evening as we talked about women, rape, fear, sex at an event called Voices Against Violence organised by poets Menka Shivdasani and Anju Makhija. It was interesting to see the variety of perspectives, the intriguing...