Adolescent Sexuality Education

Sexuality is a dimension of life experienced in thoughts, feelings and practices. It is the total behavior of who we are as human beings – the way we see ourselves, our feelings, thoughts, actions, as well as how we relate with those of the same and opposite sex. Hence, young people developing comfort and confidence about sexuality is an integral part of growing up – influenced by individual, family, and social factors and experiences. RDF recognizes that it is a matter of human right for young people to obtain full and accurate information, education, and services regarding their sexuality, so that they grow up seeing sexuality as a natural and positive part of life. Our comprehensive curriculum on sexuality education for in-school and out of school youth is helping them develop confidence and positive self-image.

Menstrual Health and Hygiene Management

For adolescents, puberty can be both confusing and exciting – as it is the time when most girls experience their first menstruation, which often takes most girls by surprise (because no one told or prepared them ahead of time). Also, there is a culture of silence around the subject of menstruation which makes people uncomfortable to discuss the subject, let alone hold it with adolescents. Our “Dignity Hygiene Program” focuses on providing relevant menstruation information and menstrual hygiene products to enable the girl-child manage her period hygienically, safely, and in dignity, as well as stay in school clean, comfortable and confident. Its objective is to promote menstrual hygiene, prevent teenage pregnancy, and build confident young girls who overcome limitations to achieving their life goals. It includes advocacy to break the ‘period silence’ and to influence policies on adolescent reproductive health.