Sexuality Education in Europe and Central Asia
On May 2017 the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) hosted the international conference “Sexuality Education: Lessons Learned and Future Developments in the WHO European Region” in Berlin. Over 180 experts on sexual and reproductive health and sexuality education from more than 30 countries throughout the WHO European Region came together for an intensive exchange on the trends and the situation of sexuality education in the WHO European Region during the past decade and a reflection about challenges and future strategies related to the implementation and improvement of sexuality education.
Sexuality among Students in the Internet Age
The "Sexual and social relationships of German students" study is the latest research by the Federal Centre of Health Education (BZgA) in this subject area. These studies investigate the attitudes and behaviours of adolescents and young adults in relation to sexuality education, sexuality and contraception, and have yielded reliable quantitative data over many decades.
Studies of life histories and family planning
For more than 15 years now it has been one of the research focuses of BZgA to investigate the causes and decision-making processes governing how women and men deal with the issues of wanting children, pregnancy and terminations.The Sozialwissenschaftliche FrauenForschungsInstitut in Freiburg (SoFFI F.), headed by Prof. Cornelia Helfferich, has been conducting studies commis- sioned by the BZgA about the family planning in women and men’s lives since 1998. These studies have been entitled ‘women’s lives’ and ‘men’s lives’.
18% of the female population in Germany have a migrant background. More than one fifth of these women are aged between 20 and 44 and thus at an age when family planning and family formation are current issues. Since there is little in the way of fundamental knowledge regarding family formation, contraception and pregnancy termination in this (by place of origin) heterogeneous group, the BZgA commissioned the study “women’s lives: family planning and migration in women’s lives”.
Work and a desire for children, contraception and family planning, reconciliation problems and deferring starting a family: are these all women’s issues? At least in public discourse and research it still looks that way. “men’s lives” is one of the still rather rare studies investigating the role of men in matters relating to family planning and starting a family. 1,500 men aged between 25 and 54 were interviewed.