Talking about sex doesn’t come easily to many people in Cambodia. Young men and women usually learn about things like puberty, reproduction and sexuality through the hushed whispers of family and friends. This often leads to confusion and misinformation. Many girls don’t understand why they menstruate, and young people who are gay or lesbian can spend their school years – often their entire lives – hiding their sexual orientation. But in a bold move for the socially conservative country, the government recently announced the introduction of a new life skills course that will make classes on reproduction, transgender identity and LGBTI rights obligatory for middle- and high-school students.
June 28 / News Deeply