Press Release – Start of the educational campaign: The state has been playing truant from school for 20 years. Candidates react!

In practice, however, this is not the case and the entire population suffers the consequences. Through a series of micro sidewalks, Family Planning gives him the floor.

The results are startling and unanimous. People all express their great interest in the subject, but also their lack of knowledge. In the middle of the election campaign, the association whistles the end of the break and calls on the candidates to finally get going. In 2001, the legislature set a good example for sex education in schools by requiring 3 annual sessions, adapted to the children’s ages, in schools, colleges and high schools. Since then, the authorities have repeatedly reaffirmed the mandatory nature of these meetings. It seems to have taken what adequate and quality sex education can generate for society as a whole: improved prevention and reduction of risks related to sexual and reproductive health (unintended pregnancies, STIs, HIV, etc.), combating gender stereotypes, the fight against sexist and sexual violence, the fight against homophobic and transphobic discrimination, the promotion of equality between women and men… In short, we can assume that the state has validated the theoretical test.

In the practical test, on the other hand, this leaves a lot to be desired! A quarter of schools have not established sex education classes. At the end of their school days, the students only had an average of a handful of lessons instead of the 30 required by law. And Sarah Durocher, Co-President of Family Planning, specifies: “Evaluation reports, which are rarely made public, and investigations follow one another. The results are not very good every time, with little or no improvement over time: inadequacy and fragmentation of funding, failure of the national administration, strong territorial inequalities, quantity and quality of actions subject to the good will of the directors of the institution, …” . She emphasizes: “Metoo and the great national cause of the Quinquennium will not have changed that! The state, frankly, is not up to the task of implementation, with an apparent lack of political will.”

Faced with this public failure, some French people try to make up for their misunderstandings by looking for answers from relatives, porn, TV series and social networks with more or less relevant results. Looking back, everyone points out how much they would have liked better support, and based on these observations, Family Planning is launching a nationwide communication campaign to draw attention to the inadequacy of sex education courses and its consequences. His method? Hold out the microphone to the French on the subject of sexuality, all social categories, gender, origin, age and practice together. At the end, the campaign features a series of fun, touching and challenging reports about French people and sexuality.

Family planning was accompanied by Odace to design and manufacture this device, and by a personality used to speaking benevolently, directly and unfiltered to her community: Enora Malagré. The content series will be broadcast on social networks for dissemination, to gain visibility and to spread the word about the campaign, and is based on a comprehensive strategy of influencing media personalities and opinion leaders. Through this campaign, Family Planning is asking presidential candidates to commit to applying the 2001 law by providing financial and political resources. Family Planning is a feminist popular education movement that has campaigned for gender equality and the opportunity for every person to experience a fulfilling sexuality, protected from unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, for more than 65 years. The plan defends the right to sex education, contraception, abortion and fights against violence and discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation.

Press contacts:

Sarah DUROCHER : sarah.durocher@planning-familial.org – 07 49 01 84 14

Marianne NIOSI: marianne.niosi@planning-familial.org – 07 68 04 48 95

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