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Teaching Children to Look Out For Themselves
Manila Bulletin - Manila, Philippines, 4/29/2011
Recognizing the importance of teaching children to protect themselves from predators inside or outside the school, the Department of Education (DepEd), in partnership with the Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse (CPTCSA), continue to strengthen the implementation of Personal Safety Lessons (PSL) in public schools.
Christina Aguilera, Madonna and Ricky Martin were all present at the 13th National Aids conference, which was held on March 29 in Bangkok. Unfortunately, the majority of people here whether they are from the MSM group or not, cannot access ‘health security’ due to social discrimination and attitudes, based particularly on ethnicity, sexual preference and whether you work in the sex industry. Politics plays a key role in human rights and Aids awareness, and as was seen in a speech given by Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanavisit.
All the offices of Family Planning Association of Nepal (FPAN) across the country remain shut for the past ten days, after the regional office of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) suspended grants to FPAN. FPAN, a leading national NGO working in the field of sexual and reproductive health, meets its administrative expenses through IPPF grant. FPAN has 40 offices across the country and has 25-30 percent contribution in national family planning programs.
News that an 11-year-old girl may be barred from the national exams next week because she is pregnant has government officials and activists up in arms. The girl is reportedly two months pregnant. Muhammad Taqlin, head of the Mojokerto Education Office, said he was considering whether to allow her to take the exams, and if so, whether she should be separated from other students during the test. However, Suyanto, the Education Ministry’s director general for primary and secondary education, said ‘There’s no rule in this country prohibiting a pregnant student taking examinations. They have just as much right to access to education as anyone else.’
Filmmaker Onir talks about the need for social revolution in our country and the importance of acceptance: Well, more than the discounts offered by this card what matters is that it gives the LGBT community access to places where they`re welcome and not discriminated against. It gives an individual medical and legal help from people who`re sensitised with these issues. There can`t be a social revolution unless the law changes. Films too can play a major role by showing the queer community as normal people. I have never been embarrassed about my sexual identity. That`s because I have never been discriminated against by friends or family members.