Conservative Wave Stymies Sexual Health

The “crusade against sex education” in Brazil’s far-right government is undermining progress in sexual and reproductive health, reports Fabiana Frayssinet.
President Jair Bolsonaro’s campaign was bolstered by the rise of conservative fundamentalism in Brazil. The country’s minister of family, women and human rights is an evangelical pastor strongly opposes abortion. Gender and sexual orientation programs have been scrapped from schools.
In 2008, Latin American and Caribbean countries signed on to the “Prevent with Education” declaration. But as these new developments show, the implementation of such measures is “fragile and dependent on whoever is in power,” says Alma Camacho, a UNFPA regional advisor.  

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