DescriptionUniversal access to sexual reproductive health rights and health-care services are fundamental targets in Sustainable Development Goals three and five, however, access to comprehensive information and face-to-face services remains compromised. School-based programs commonly focus on STDs and abstinence, failing to deliver thorough or sex-positive education. Furthermore, stigma, cost, time and location can prevent access to in-person services.
Living in an increasingly technology-driven and internet-based world, information seeking behaviours are shifting and online platforms provide new possibilities for obtaining knowledge, counteracting the restrictions of in-person services and challenging common misconceptions.
Situated in the context of sub-Saharan Africa, this presentation is grounded in a literature review of evolving sources of online sex-education, including mobile apps, pornography, websites and social media. Combined with a case study analysis of the official website and Facebook page for LoveMatters Kenya, a critical analysis of online practices and exploration of strengths and limitations is offered. While specialist online sex-education platforms can overcome access barriers, developers must have knowledge of offline and online cultures to respond to user preferences and needs, while assessing the potential for gendered access and the role of moderation. Ultimately, harnessing online platforms as a complimentary resource to campaigns, programs and face-to-face services can support the progress towards the SDGs.
|Period||2 Dec 2020 → 4 Dec 2020|
|Event title||DevNet 202: Development matters|
|Location||Palmerston North, New Zealand|
|Degree of Recognition||International|
- International Development
- Sexual reproductive health rights
- Sex education