GenPol’s first policy paper examines the linkage between sexuality education and gender-based violence and proposes that comprehensive and inclusive teaching can help challenge and prevent abusive behaviours.
Together with the report issued by the European Parliament in 2013, GenPol’s policy paper is one the very first studies assessing the quality and influence of sexuality education across all EU Member States. It is also the first piece of research to systematically link sexuality education with gender-based violence prevention, while most existing analyses focus on tackling unwanted pregnancy and STIs.
Our paper also pays special attention to inclusivity matters and makes a point to acknowledge the multiple ways in which sexuality and gender intersect with issues of race, religion, class, and disability. In doing so, it puts forward the argument that addressing any form of discrimination and vulnerability is a prerequisite to tackling violence against women. It also develops a nuanced understanding of sexual consent, and uses it as the cornerstone of its sexuality education framework.
Click here to read the policy paper.