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SEED Madagascar and ENS collaboration on integrating SRHR themes into training modules

SEED Madagascar and ENS collaboration on integrating SRHR themes into training modules

Thursday 29th April 2021

by Gilberte Randriamahavorisoa, SEED Madagascar

The last decades have been marked by an increased rate of early pregnancy and marriage in schools and by the incidence of sexually transmitted infections and sexual violence, which contribute to school dropouts. For this reason, the Ministry of National Education or MEN, through the Education Sector Plan (PSE) and in accordance with the Framework for Comprehensive Sexual Education (COES), with the technical and financial support of SEED Madagascar, has initiated the integration of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights or SRHR themes in the General Secondary Education (formerly called Lycée) curriculum.

SEED Madagascar, through its Safidy Project,…

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The Netherlands, one of the countries to teach sex education from kindergarten

The Netherlands, one of the countries to teach sex education from kindergarten

Tuesday 20th April 2021

by Andy Rakotovao

Sex education in general has always been a taboo subject and lifting this taboo is not easy. In many societies around the world, preparing children and youth for adulthood remains a challenge, especially in the areas of sexuality and relationships. Today, too few young people receive information and education that can prepare them for sexuality, leaving them vulnerable to unwanted pregnancies, abuse, and sexually transmitted infections. Recognizing this, the Netherlands has joined the United Kingdom in providing sex education from kindergarten onward.

What does my body look like? why are boys' and girls' bodies different?" are the instinctive questions…

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MALAGASY ADVOCACY TRAINING PROGRAM

MALAGASY ADVOCACY TRAINING PROGRAM

Thursday 15th April 2021

by Faniry Ramparaoelina, IYAFP Madagascar

The "Malagasy Advocacy Training Program", flagship activity of the "ADVOCACY FOR YOUTH" Project took place throughout the month of January 2021.

ADVOCACY FOR YOUTH is a project funded by FP2020 through the Rapid Response Mechanism, which was implemented by a consortium of local youth associations namely Tanora Iray, IYAFP (International Youth Alliance for Family Planning) Madagascar and Tanora Garan'Teen.  This project aims to improve the consideration of the specific needs of adolescents and youth in national FP policies by 2021.

The project covers 11 out of 22 regions in Madagascar, namely: Analamanga, Vakinankaratra, Alaotra Mangoro, Boeny, Haute Matsiatra,…

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"Together for a fairer and healthier world"

"Together for a fairer and healthier world"

Wednesday 7th April 2021

by Andy Rakotovao

April 7 is World Health Awareness Day, a day to promote health and highlight the right of all to health services.

This year's theme is "Together for a fairer and healthier world", a theme that has been well chosen in the current context.

The current pandemic has brought to light the inequalities in the world regarding access to health services and even information. According to the report, people who have access to quality services can expect a better health status, while those who live in precarious living conditions will not be able to cope with this crisis. With…

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A period of progress

A period of progress

Thursday 11th March 2021

by Polly Hedley and Quinn Parker , SEED Madagascar

In recent months, global initiatives to address period poverty have made the headlines with Scotland becoming the first nation in the world to make period products freely available. In February, New Zealand followed suit, making menstrual hygiene products free for students over the next three years. But whilst these countries take steps towards ending period poverty, how is it being tackled in Madagascar, a country with far poorer sanitation, hygiene facilities, and public funds? Since January, SEED has been working with the Mahampy Weavers’ Cooperative on a new Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) project, aiming to empower and support the…

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Mobilise, sensitize, and engage everyone in the fight against sexual exploitation of children

Mobilise, sensitize, and engage everyone in the fight against sexual exploitation of children

Wednesday 10th March 2021

by Veromanitra Rahantamalala, ECPAT France Madagascar

Globally, millions of children suffer of sexual exploitation yearly and thousands of women are exploited for purposes of prostitution. Sexual exploitation is one of the worst forms that goes against fundamental human rights. It transform people to mere products. Purchased, sold, threatened, isolated, raped, beaten, guarded, locked, tortured, victims become consumables.

To deal with this, the first International Day against Sexual Exploitation was held in 2009 to reduce the number of victims and inform of people about the danger and impacts of sexual exploitation.

ECPAT France Madagascar has been fighting against sexual abuse and exploitation of children, which are forms of…

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Zero discrimination day:  Together to end inequality

Zero discrimination day: Together to end inequality

Friday 5th March 2021

by Andy Rakotovao

Zero Discrimination Day is an initiative of UNAIDS celebrated on March 1st to remind us of everyone’s right to live a fully and productive life. A life in dignity and free of discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation, status, and disability. Continued discriminations all over the world only increase inequality, which prevents social and economic development.

This year, the SRHR network intends to emphasize the need to take action in order for everyone to enjoy their rights-based sexual and reproductive health. Article 3 of the law on Reproductive Health and Family Planning (RHFP) n° 2017-04 states that:…

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2021: Still promoting SRHR

2021: Still promoting SRHR

Monday 25th January 2021

by Andy Rakotovao

Here we are for a new year, the period of good resolutions and positive vibes.

The previous year was a difficult one for all of us and the health crisis affected and disrupted some of our activities. Most of us migrated to a new online working method, which allowed the Network to carry out the four activities of capacity building of members including the SRHR approach and concept; monitoring-evaluation-learning and accountability; project development and proposal; and networking and fundraising. This was done in order to strengthen the technical and organizational capacities of member organizations so that they can carry out…

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Capacity building of the DCRP teams regarding the dissemination of curriculum

Capacity building of the DCRP teams regarding the dissemination of curriculum

Friday 30th October 2020

by Andy Rakotovao

As part of the curriculum reform towards an improvement of the educational system specified in the Education Sector Plan (PSE), the Ministry of the National Education, through its Direction of Curricula and Education Research (DCRP), developed school curricula at all levels in General Secondary Education (ESG).

Currently, Terminale curriculum and accompanying documents are available and will be implemented over the course of the school year 2020-2021.

It is in this context that a training workshop of trainers was organised by the DERP and supported by SEED Madagascar. The goal was to train the trainers on the use of the new…

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Investing in girls and women

Investing in girls and women

Monday 26th October 2020

by Andy Rakotovao

 

Each year, on October 11th, we join the world to celebrate the International Day of Girls to advocate and uphold girls’ rights.

Asserting girls’ rights is also asserting adults women’s rights. October 11th reminds then the importance of girls’ rights, especially in terms of education so this latter can become actors in the economic development.

Girls and women are economical assets to many countries, unfortunately this resource is mostly untapped. Yet, equipping girls and women with skills, they can blossom in social and economic sphere and thus, contribute to the economic growth.

Government could…

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World Contraception Day, 2020: Access to contraception services is a fundamental human right to respect and to protect in times of pandemic.

World Contraception Day, 2020: Access to contraception services is a fundamental human right to respect and to protect in times of pandemic.

Friday 23rd October 2020

by Mina Rakotoarindrasata, Genre en Action

We celebrate the World Contraception Day on September 26th. It is an opportunity to remind that family planning services are one of the components of essential health services. Access to those services is a fundamental human right that must be respected and maintained, especially during COVID-19 period.

 

Contraception is everyone’s business: girls, boys, women and men

Each year, the World Contraception Day enables us to inform and sensitize the wider public and youth in particular, on diverse topics around contraception: available different contraception methods, contraception informed choice, unprotected sex risks, unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).…

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Why contraception?

Why contraception?

Thursday 22nd October 2020

by Ramandimbiharinoro Rojonirina Liantsoa (SE/CNLS)

Contraception, according to the World Health Organisation, is defined as “the use of agents, devices, methods or procedures to reduce the likelihood of pregnancy or to avoid it”.

Madagascar, with a contraception prevalence rate of 40.9% in 2018, needs to put in significant efforts to reach the goal of 50% set for 2020. Many young people are misinformed on contraception and have a poor perception of the risk of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), AIDS or pregnancy.  

WHY CONTRACEPTION???

1.      To prevent unwanted pregnancy, the main reason.,

2.      To protect from STIs: …

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COVID-19: WHY COULD THE PANDEMIC IMPACT WOMEN AND GIRLS HEALTH?

COVID-19: WHY COULD THE PANDEMIC IMPACT WOMEN AND GIRLS HEALTH?

Monday 13th July 2020

by Andy Rakotovao

2020 first half is marked by the pandemic which has had worldwide health, economic or even safety consequences.

The coronavirus health crisis could have an impact on physical, sexual and reproductive health of women and girls all over the world. A recent research conducted by the United Nations Fund for Populations Activities (UNFPA), John Hopkins University (US), and Victoria University (AUS) finds that the number of women who can’t access to family planning, and deal with unwanted pregnancy could skyrocket in the coming months.

In fact, due to disruptions in health centres, including the closings of health care providers,…

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Let’s empower parents so they can discuss sensitive topics with their children!

Let’s empower parents so they can discuss sensitive topics with their children!

Friday 10th April 2020

by Tsinjo Rahaingoarivelo

Is it necessary to discuss about topics related to sex that are still considered as taboo nowadays ? Certainly, but... who should talk about them ?

Parents in particular, as such they are the first responsible of their children’s education. However, parents are sometimes not equipped with the knowledge and skills to enable them to fulfill their duties. Thus, to address that, the Ministry of National Education and Technical and Vocational Education, technically and financially supported by SEED Madagascar have developed an educational resource on SRHR (sexual, reproductive health and rights) for parents of students. The program aims…

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Is it necessary to talk about a topic that is still a taboo in Madagascar?

Is it necessary to talk about a topic that is still a taboo in Madagascar?

Wednesday 8th April 2020

by Miora Ratsimbazafy

Adolescence is a sensitive stage, period when changes and first emotions happen. Fist hairs, periods and ejaculations, but also the raise of desire… Talking about puberty enables to well manage questions and emotions it involves, but questions related to sexual activities on the other hand remain harder to address. However, besides caresses and penetrations, all these sometimes practiced without thinking about the possible consequences such as unwanted pregnancy and infections. It is thus necessary to talk about these. Certainly, but whoshould talk about these?

Parents in particular, as such, are the first responsible of their children’s education.…

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The Right to Information

The Right to Information

Tuesday 7th April 2020

by Miora Ratsimbazafy

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) is an approach that addresses issues of Sexual and Reproductive Healh (SRH) with a focus on Human Rights. However, thie term is sensitive as just few people know the impact and value of this educational approach that addresses sexuality in a healthy and responsible way.

Empowering everyone of accurate and comprehensive SHR information is a right. It’s in this context that Project Safidy of SEED Madagascar works in close collaboration with the Ministry of National Education and Technical and Vocational Education (MENETP) in developing the new school curriculum intergrating SRHR. The…

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Contraception, a right to argue!

Contraception, a right to argue!

Tuesday 7th April 2020

by Miora Ratsimbazafy

« Family Planning, my life my responsibility » was the theme of the celebration of World Contraception Day on September 26, 2019 at gymnase Ankorondrano Antnananarivo. An event organised by the Ministry of Public Health, in collaboration with several national and international NGOs working in the health and well-being sector.

Madagascar has witnessed some decisive improvements in the progress of family planning through its commitment to FP2020, which aims to increase contraceptive prevalence to 50% and halve unmet need for family planning. Contraception is a right already acquired for a large part of people of childbearing age in Western countries while…

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SRHR, everyone’s concern!

SRHR, everyone’s concern!

Tuesday 7th April 2020

by Miora Ratsimbazafy

SRHR is a cross-cutting approach that also affects a number of sectors including youth, population, gender and the demographic dividend. Everyone is concerned.

On the other hand, even for people working in this field, its definition remains ambiguous and disparate. Thus, for a pooling of the approach, a meeting bringing together most of the SRHR stakeholders in Madagascar was held on Wednesday September 11, 2019. It was also an information and consultation meeting on the implementation of a SRHR network gathering national and international organizations. The meeting was attended by 38 organizations including 04 ministerial entities (education, public health, population-social protection-promotion of women, youth…

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World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation - 4th March

World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation - 4th March

Wednesday 25th March 2020

by Andy Rakotovao

This year is the 12th edition fo the World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation, which was initiated by NGO GIPF (Groupe International de Paroles des Femmes).

Sexual exploitation or sexual activity for commercial purposes is « any sexual activity in exchange of valuable things ». In other words, sexual exploitation turns a human being into a mere commodity and is a violation of the basic human rights of a person.

A common worldwide sexual exploitation form is sexual exploitation of children, this involves using children or adolescents in sexual activities. Children that live under poverty, crisis…

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2nd National SRHR Conference in Madagascar

2nd National SRHR Conference in Madagascar

Thursday 30th January 2020

by KATIE HUMPHRIES

Project Safidy’s annual Sexual and Reproductive Health Conference took place on November 6th and 7th in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo. The penthouse hall of the prestigious Carlton Hotel was filled with over 120 people representing 50 organisations and ministries – all of whom are working towards the goal of improving sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Madagascar.

The conference commenced with speeches from guests at the forefront of SRHR advocacy in Madagascar. Opening his speech, Dr. Phillip Boyle, UK Ambassador to Madagascar, declared:


"At the heart of SRHR is the principle that all women…

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