Sex education remains a largely taboo topic in Pakistan

On the heels of a recent UNESCO initiative to improve access to and quality of girls’ education, a new program run by the Village Shadabad Organisation is bringing sex education to nearly 700 girls in eight schools in rural Pakistan. The program begins with eight year old girls and teaches them about puberty, rights, and what to do in case of an attack. “We cannot close our eyes,” said Akbar Lashari, head of the VSO. “[Sex is] a topic people don’t want to talk about, but it’s [a] fact of our life.”
 

 



Lashari says that sex education was the villagers’ idea. Parents are informed of the curriculum before enrollment, and none has objected yet, according to Lashari. The lessons also cover issues of marriage, including marital rape. “Our teacher has told us everything that we’ll have to do when we get married. Now we’ve learned what we should do and what we should not,” said Sajida Baloch, 16. In Pakistan, where marital rape is not a recognized crime, teaching the girls about the problem is a novel idea. “We tell them their husband can’t have sex with them if they are not willing,” Lashari said.

Sex education remains a largely taboo topic in Pakistan—Arshad Javed, a doctor in Lahore who has written three books on sex education says he sells 7,000 copies every year, but that none are bought by schools. “It is against our constitution and religion,” said Mirza Kashif Ali, president of the All Pakistan Private Schools Federation, representing 152,000 schools nationwide. “What’s the point of knowing about a thing you’re not supposed to do? It should not be allowed at school level,” he claimed. However, according Tahir Ashrafi, head of the Pakistan Ulema council alliance of moderate clerics, “If the teachers are female, they can give such information to girls within the limits of sharia law.”

Latest Articles

  • Education summit explores use of tech in the classroom
    Education summit explores use of tech in the classroom

    New Zealand was one of the countries represented at the recent Bett Asia Leadership Summit 2015 in S. Read More

  • AIPMT 2015 CBSE release ReTest Answer Keys Still no sign of a refund
    AIPMT 2015 CBSE release ReTest Answer Keys Still no sign of a refund

    The Central Board of Secondary Education is set to declare the AIPMT results (All India Pre Medical/. Read More

  • Goods On Demand International
    Goods On Demand International

      At Goods, we firmly & strongly believe that there is a solution to every problem. . Read More

  • More Exciting Curriculum For Shortage of 20,000 Engineers in Australia
    More Exciting Curriculum For Shortage of 20,000 Engineers in Australia

    A "CRITICAL" shortage of engineers has sparked calls for a more exciting maths and science. Read More

  • China storage racking industry
    China storage racking industry

      After entering the 21st century, the racking industry in China has grown rapidly, more. Read More

Latest Classified

  • Mobile Fume Extractor
    Weiber Laboratory fume hoods are widely used for removing smoke, fumes, mist, and fine powder. Mobile fume hood extractor is primarily designed for various pharmaceutical laboratories, various
  • Joomla Configuration Company India
    By understanding your CMS needs with Joomla, our PHP - Joomla web developers team can develop joomla applications that are exhaustive in nature and we can deliver them in a short span of time.Feel fre
  • Promote Your Business At Reasonable Price
    Using lots of money in television and newspaper''s advertisements, but till not have proper growth of your business? Now promote your business online at very reasonable price and increase your sal
  • Arb-bearings.com is Taper Roller Bearings Manufacturers in India
    Tapered roller bearings have tapered inner and outer ring raceways and tapered rollers. They are designed to accommodate combined loads, i.e. simultaneously acting radial and axial loads. The proje
  • GET YOUR DREAM JOB NOW !
    (unixf141c) Ten minutes to submit your resume can take your career 10 Times ahead! View Over 2,00,000 job openings. Receive matching jobs on your email twice a week Get headhunted by over 25,0

Top Featured Institutes