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Training matters: A framework for core competencies of sexuality educators

By | March 22nd, 2018|


This framework focuses on sexuality educators and the competencies they should have, or develop, in order to conduct sexuality education. Educators’
competencies in the areas of attitudes, skills and knowledge are taken into account and described in detail in Part 2 of this document.
The WHO Regional Office for Europe and the German Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA), a WHO collaborating centre for sexual and reproductive health, are committed to improving access to, and quality of, sexuality  Throughout this document, the term “sexuality educator” is used instead of “sexuality teacher”.  In this area, BZgA and the Regional Office work closely with the European Expert Group on Sexuality Education.

The guideline includes good practices of the training of sexuality educators from the WHO European Region:
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Booklet: Rural Innovators

By | March 14th, 2018|




The content of this booklet is:
Profiling your organisation;
Developing the organisation;
The role of the rural youth worker;
Basics of project management;
Follow-up, dissemination and exploitation od results;
Participate in someone else’s project first;
Money for international rural youth projects;
Money for international (rural) youth projects;
Involve rural young people;
Make young people proud of their rural heritage.


The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Solidariedarte Associação de Educação e Integração pela Arte e Desenvolvimento Cultural, Social e Local (on 13 March 2018)

Speak My Language Abortion Storytelling in Eastern Europe from a Youth Perspective

By | March 5th, 2018|



The practical guidelines on abortion storytelling as a tool and technique to combat abortion stigma has been developed by YouAct – European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights. This practical guidelines document was created to complement the first toolkit, and as a resource which focuses on the practical aspects of developing and running a session on abortion stigma using the storytelling technique.

“Storytelling is not the only way to combat abortion stigma, but it is a powerful and necessary tool. We believe storytelling can be a form of activism, can contribute to research, can inform policies, and can benefit the person telling the story and others in similar situations. Storytelling can be used in a myriad of different ways, whether it is to raise awareness, to create a space for discussion and reflection, to provide new and diverse perspectives on a sensitive topic, or to challenge the abortion stigma that is still highly prevalent in today’s societies all over the world.

While the first toolkit provided a more theoretical description of storytelling as a method to challenge abortion stigma and raise awareness, this practical guidelines document aims to provide detailed, practical steps to help organisations, individuals and professionals organize their own storytelling session.

This resource has been developed in close collaboration with our local partners:

  • Real People, Real Vision from Georgia
  • Health Education and Research Association (H.E.R.A.) from the Republic of Macedonia
  • The Association for Liberty and Equality of Gender (A.L.E.G.) from Romania
  • ASTRA Youth – The Federation for Women and Family Planning from Poland

This resource will take you through 6 steps: Brainstorm & Research; Finding & Sharing Stories; Ensuring Safety; Running a Session; Support Provision; and Reporting, with the hope of providing you with the resources and tools necessary to run a successful storytelling session”

Download Speak My Language Abortion Storytelling in Eastern Europe from a Youth Perspective – A Practical Guide

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ONLINE COURSE: Role of Young People in Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution and Violent Extremism Prevention

By | April 5th, 2018|

The International Institute for Youth Development PETRI – Sofia just launched the online course on the role of young people in peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and violent extremism prevention. The project is supported by UNFPA EECARO.
The online course aims to provide knowledge and skills for young people on peace, conflict and violence, the YPS agenda, the roots of violent extremism and the basics of communication skills. The information is presented in short videos.
The topics are following:
1. Introduction to peace and conflict studies
2. Violence and nature of violence
3. Trends and causes of armed conflicts
4. Peace, pacifism, and non-violence
5. SDG 16 and resolution 2250
6. Culture, power, and gender
7. Negotiations
8. Mediation in theory
9. Violent extremism
10. Communication skills

See the online course to the following link:

Gender and Development

By | September 29th, 2017|

Explore the relationship between gender and international development

What does gender have to do with international development? Is ‘woman’ the centre point of gender and development? What is it that brings gender and development together?

These are some of the questions you will be asking and answering on this course. You’ll explore the gendered dimensions of contemporary international and community development and ultimately learn how and why gender is so important.

Gender and Development


Advancing Sexuality Education in Europe: info-graphic

By | March 19th, 2019|


“Advancing Sexuality Education in Europe” is a project focused on advocating for the implementation of Comprehensive Sexuality Educationn (CSE) programs in Europe. Evidence shows that CSE programs improve the sexual and reproductive health and well-being of young people. Considering the current challenges worldwide in advancing the SRHR agenda, CHOICE and YouAct encourage young people to voice their needs and advocate for their rights.

YouAct and Choice proudly present the final info-graphic which shows the findings from the youth consultations on CSE held in Georgia, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, The Netherlands, and Romania. 67 youth aged 15-30 talked about the key challenges in regard to CSE in their respective countries. The pressing themes, and call to action are available in the info-graphic attached.

Do YOU want to #AdvanceSexEd? Then make sure to share this factsheet with the decision-makers in your country by simply tweeting at them using #Unite4CSE and #AdvanceSexEd!


#AdvanceSexEd #Unite4CSE

New Database linking UPR recommendations to SDGs

By | April 17th, 2018|


The Danish Institute for Human Rights has just launched a new tool: UPR-SDG Data Explorer which allows users to explore how UPR recommendations for specific countries, regions or groups of rights-holders are linked to the 169 targets contained in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The UPR-SDG Data Explorer is a searchable database that links recommendations from the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
It allows users to explore how UPR recommendations for specific countries, regions or groups of rights-holders are linked to the 169 targets contained in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The UPR-SDG Data Explorer is the result of an experimental data mining project, where an algorithm has been trained to automatically identify links between UPR recommendations and SDG targets. You can read more about the methodology here.

How to use the UPR-SDG Data Explorer?
National implementation:

The UPR-SDG Data Explorer can be used to explore how UPR recommendations for individual countries are linked to the 169 SDG targets. The recommendations can then be used to:

Identify the salient human rights issues that need to be addressed in strategies to reach the SDGs;
Guide the strategies and actions to achieve the relevant SDG targets and related human rights obligations; and
Identify vulnerable groups such as migrant workers, indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities, who need special considerations in strategies and actions to achieve particular SDG targets and related human rights obligations.
Follow-up and Review at the global and regional level:

The UPR-SDG Data Explorer can be used to explore the links between UPR recommendations and SDGs at the global and regional level too. In this context the recommendations can be used to:

Provide an overview of global and regional salient human rights issues as they relate to the SDGs;
Identify global and regional human rights issues pertaining to particular groups of rights-holders, who require particular attention and considerations in SDG implementation;
Inform regional and global strategies and actions to achieve the SDGs and related human rights instruments; and
Identify global and regional trends and tendencies in human rights and sustainable development realization over time.
All data can be explored online as well as exported to pdf and csv formats.

See more at:

Policy Briefs 3 and 4 on Sexuality Education by BZgA and UNFPA

By | January 29th, 2018|


The Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) in Germany and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia jointly developed a series of policy briefs on sexuality education.

The first two issues published in 2015 (also in cooperation with the WHO Regional Office for Europe) have now
been complemented by Policy Brief n° 3 and 4: Policy Brief No. 3 ‘Introducing Sexuality Education: Key Steps for Advocates in Europe and Central Asia’
provides an overview of the most important steps for the introduction (or revision) of national in-school sexuality-education programmes and reviews of existing resources.

Both policy briefs are also available from following website:

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013

By | September 26th, 2017|

This annual report examines progress in achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals. With the deadline for the MDGs on the horizon (2015), progress can be reported in most areas, despite the continuing impact of the global economic and financial crisis. For instance, maternal mortality has been reduced by 47 per cent, although much more progress is needed to reach the goal of a 75 per cent reduction.

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013

Threats on Women’s Rights in Europe – the case of abortion

By | December 9th, 2017|

Assaults on women’s reproductive health & rights take many forms in Europe today. Barriers to safe abortion care are among the most problematic.

Sexual and reproductive rights are human rights. Governments have very clear obligation under international human right law to respect these rights. However, women in Europe still have these rights denied or restricted as a result of laws, policies and practices that ultimately reflect continuing gender stereotypes and inequalities.

Women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights cover:

– comprehensive sexuality education

– affordable and accessible contraception

– safe abortion

– quality maternal health care

There has been immense progress across the world and in Europe. However at the same time, perhaps because of that progress, we have begun to see backlash. Even where the law allows abortion, women face multiple obstacles to access it, including:

– Financial, social and practical barriers

– Denial of care and services

– Third-party authorisation, mandatory counseling and waiting periods

In December 2017, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe addressed a set of recommendations to European States to ensure all women’s sexual and reproductive rights. They focused in particular on women’s rights to life, freedom from torture and ill-treatment, health, privacy and equality.

Freedom – International Day of the Girl

By | October 11th, 2017|

Every day girls around the world are fighting for their freedom. This International Day of the Girl – join them and raise your voice:

1. Share the film and tell us what #FreedomForGirls means to you

2. Take action at

In 2015 when leaders signed up to the UN Sustainable Development Goals – the Global Goals – they made a promise – to empower all girls. There has been progress but we need to keep up the pressure. If we work together we can make sure world leaders deliver and every girl grows up healthy, safe, empowered and able to fulfil her dreams.

Preventing cervical cancer in Georgia

By | September 29th, 2017|

With UNFPA support, Georgia is piloting an organised cervical cancer screening programme, one of the first such programmes in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It is designed to reduce cervical cancer in Georgia, a disease that leads to 18,000 deaths in Eastern Europe and Central Asia every year, although it is almost entirely preventable.