Sex is still a taboo subject in many African countries, including Morocco.
Rabat – The Moroccan Association for Family Planning (AMPF), in collaboration with Mohammed V University in Rabat, is set to host an international conference on sex education and reproductive health in Africa. The conference will take place in Rabat’s Faculty of Education Sciences (FSE) between October 30 and October 31.
The event aims to shed light on the importance of sex education as a research topic, through scientific debates on the matter. The conference also aims to give young students and civil society a platform to share their ideas and suggestions on how sex education can be improved in Morocco, and in Africa more widely.
The conference will also provide an opportunity to review the African Union’s (AU) Maputo Plan of Action 2016-2030. The Maputo plan, which Ministers of Health of the AU first adopted in 2006, aims to put a continental policy framework for sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The reviewed plan of 2016-2030 was approved by heads of states at the 2016 AU assembly in Kigali, Rwanda. The updated version reinforces the objective of universal access to sex and reproductive health services in Africa. It also aims to help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially those of good-health and well being, and gender equality.
Since Morocco returned to the AU in 2017, it is also concerned by the Maputo action plan and needs to work on improving access to sex education and health.
Sex education is not yet implemented in Moroccan school programs and a large number of Moroccan society still considers talking about sex taboo. The conference will discuss some of these issues, and aims to provide suggestions for Moroccan, and African, policy-makers.