Youth Champion Event - July 21

July 20, 2020

We hope that you are all staying safe and healthy in your respective homes. It certainly has been a wild ride since postponing the International SBCC Summit to September, 2021. We are writing to share information about upcoming virtual events and updates from the Organizing Committee.

Youth Champions Instagram Live Session: 

"COVID-19 & Sex" with Innocent Grant and Dr. Paula Baraitser

On July 21st 2020, the SBCC Summit Youth Champions (YCs) hosted their first Instagram live session on "COVID-19 and Sex." YC Innocent Grant led the session, which featured guest speaker Dr Paula Baratser from Sexual Health 24 (SH:24) UK. More than 34 participants joined the session, and there have already been 261 views of the Recorded Video.

The session addressed the pandemic's impact on individuals' sexual health worldwide, with a specific focus on young people. After an introduction about the SBCC Summit YCs and the pandemic, the speakers invited participants to share their own experiences and questions about COVID-19 and sex. This sparked dynamic conversations and questions from participants including: Can hugging and kissing transmit COVID-19? What is considered to be safe sex during COVID-19? Are pregnant teens more at risk of COVID-19? What are some ways to mitigate the challenge of gender-based violence during lockdowns?

The session ended with Dr. Paula sharing recommendations and key messages and resources for follow up. She highlighted that as far as we know, COVID19 is not a sexually transmitted infection, but being close to someone, whether sexually or not, can transmit COVID-19. She added that masturbation and distance sex chats could be safe options for some young people, but stressed that anyone engaging in intimate chats should respect the safety and privacy of anyone else involved. Further, our guest speaker recommended that general basic principles to fight gender-based violence should be practiced by individuals and enforced by authorities. For example, individuals should walk away from a place of violence and immediately report it, and authorities should put them in a safe place.

Want to know more?! Click the button below to watch the session's video recording.

As always, we look forward to seeing you in 2021. Stay well!