Sex ed website launched for teen refugees
Targeting newly-arrived teenagers, the website Youmo offers advice on sex, relationships, mental health, and gender equality.
This week, a new, multilingual version was launched.
The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs is behind the initiative, which offers health advice in Arabic, Somali, Tigrinya (spoken in Eritrea), Dari (spoken in Afghanistan), and beginners' Swedish.
The project aims to reach the approximately 70,000 children who came to Sweden during the refugee crisis in 2015, many of whom came from countries with a different view on sexuality and gender equality, explained Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Regnér.
People who are newly arrived in Sweden need to have a chance to understand our way of thinking, our legislation – rights and obligations – when it comes to sexuality and gender equality."
The Youmo project is run by Sweden's Youth Guidance Centres (Ungdomsmottagningen), which brought in teenagers to offer advice and opinions on how best to shape the material in their respective languages.
And 18-year-old Maya Joy from Syria helped produce the Arabic version.
We never studied about that in Syria, it's seen as too shameful. I never learned anything in Syria about sex or anything, not at all."
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