In the context of the 12th Asia-Oceania Congress of Sexology, I interviewed Masayoshi Yanagida for the Youtube Channel of the Youth Initiative of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS). Masayoshi is a 29-year old Japanese sexual health advocate who coordinates the organization Link-R in Tokyo, which has the mission of providing sexual and reproductive health related services to Japanese youth. Masayoshi hit some key points in this interview:
–Adults often ignore young people’s culture and are not well informed about youth’s sexuality… which makes it difficult for them to build strong partnerships with young people in order to promote sexual health and sexual rights.
–Young people are mostly unaware that they need sexual health related services… such as STI screenings.
–Many times young people do not get reliable/scientifically accurate information about human sexuality… which leads to risk behaviours and unhealthy attitudes.
Unfortunately, I think that everything Masayoshi said applies to most countries in the world… So how far are if we think of young people’s sexual health as a social ideal? What is missing? Is every country advancing in a way, or are there some countries that are simply not advancing when it comes to young people’s sexual rights?
Watch Masayoshi’s interview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gElmDmBiBlY&feature=plcp