Comprehensive sexuality education plays a crucial part in equipping young people with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to further enjoy their human rights. Going beyond their sexual and reproductive health and rights, comprehensive sexuality education empowers youth to navigate their development, feelings and relationships, while living in a safe and inclusive space with their peers. However, across Europe, comprehensive sexuality education differs in its content, the age of delivery and implementation, and many young people still lack the necessary information and skills.

Furthermore, there has been a rise of opposition against sexuality education in Europe, which often translates into changes in the existing policies and curricula. As a consequence, the access to comprehensive sexuality education is restricted in many countries across Europe. In this context, youth-led organisations and other NGOs, with the support of experts, try to fill the gap and deliver sexuality education-related activities through non-formal approaches which better respond to the needs of young people. Read the full policy paper here!