Reproductive Health Law
Sex Education And The Law: The Conflict Between The Rights Of Parents And The Rights And Interests Of Their Children
Article by Nayiga Priscilla
Uganda’s education sector largely recognizes abstinence-only sex education. This is because of the social conservatism derived from religious and cultural values. Unlike comprehensive sex education, abstinence-only sex education does not address other types of sexual and reproductive health education like birth control and abortion. The concept of sex is largely moralized and therefore open conversations about sex are often avoided in homes and society. Therefore, the question as to whether or not freedom of religion gives parents the right to object to sex education based on religious beliefs needs to be examined, and how that right conflicts with children’s rights.