In the last month, the Project’s continuing education coordinator, Argentina Munguambe, has been holding sessions with health workers who provide sexual and reproductive health services to adolescents (SAAJ). The focus is how to work with adolescents to not only provide reproductive health information and care, but also to develop attitudes in both young women and men so that young women feel more able to make decisions and choices for themselves, with less peer pressure and more respect. The Project has developed two tools to help the SAAJ health workers and others who deliver school and community-based teaching/learning sessions on sexual and reproductive health.
The first tool is a set of scenarios for discussion, among them a story of a teenage girl living in a rural community, and her pregnancy and child. The scenarios were created from the Project’s Maternal Experiences Study and although anonymized, are based on real lives and current conditions.
The second tool is a self-contract on sexual and reproductive rights, which helps teenage girls think through the idea that they have the right to be respected, the right to be informed about their choices, about contraception and sexual health in general, and the right to say no to sexual pressure. The self-contract will also be used in discussion with teenage boys to develop empathy with teenage girls and respectful attitudes towards them.