Gender & The Union is a four-part podcast series exploring the importance of policy changes to combat gender-based violence (GBV) in the European Union, and why Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) is key to creating an equal and safe future for all.  

Each episode features an open dialogue between policy and decision makers in the EU and the young people advocating for positive change. Topics include:

  • the importance of access to sexuality education to develop life skills needed to foster healthier and safer relationships, based on equality and respect;
  • prevention of violence through education;
  • dismantling harmful gender norms;
  • and the impact of inequalities on youth and marginalized groups. 

Episode 2: Improving young peoples’ lives 

What are the challenges that young people in Latvia face when trying to access relationship and sexuality education? How is the European Parliament working to improve the lives of young people and advance gender equality? What actions can we take to address violence against women?  

We also discuss the landmark position on sexual and reproductive health and rights voted by the European Parliament right after the tapping of this episode. In this report, authored by MEP Predrag Fred Matić, the European Parliament recognized that sexual and reproductive health and rights are not only a human rights issue; but intrinsically linked with gender equality, women’s empowerment, and combating gender-based violence. 

Predrag Fred MATIĆ, Member of the European Parliament and our youth activist, Luize, discuss how Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) can be a way to prevent gender inequalities and gender-based violence. The episode is moderated by Catherine Bailey Gluckman, Programme Advisor for Youth, IPPF European Network (EN). 

Listen to episode 2 here

This podcast series was commissioned by the International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network, produced by Positive Stories and funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (REC 2014-2020), within the framework of the Youth SpectActors project. The content of this podcasts represents only the views of IPPF EN and is its sole responsibility. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains. 

Listen to episode 1 here.  

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