HAVANA.- Cuba’s achievements in sexual rights issues were recognized during the seventh Cuban Congress on Sexual Education, Orientation and Therapy recently held at Havana’s Convention Center, as highlighted in an interview between The Havana Reporter and the leftwing representative of the German Bundestag, Harald Petzold, who is also the speaker on sexuality issues.

Cuba’s achievements in sexual rights issues were recognized during the seventh Cuban Congress on Sexual Education, Orientation and Therapy recently held at Havana’s Convention Center, as highlighted in an interview between The Havana Reporter and the leftwing representative of the German Bundestag, Harald Petzold, who is also the speaker on sexuality issues.The German parliamentarian highlighted that the National Center of Sexual Education (CENESEX), one of the event’s organizers, has greatly advocated such topics as reproductive health, gender equality, and the fight against venereal diseases.

“The creation of an institution like this one places the island ahead of other countries, many of which are developed. Germany, for example, does not have an institution of this type,” stressed Petzold.

During the congress, several projects and organizations that denounce violence against women such as the Oscar Arnulfo Romero Center and the Women’s Court spoke of their achievements, with participants agreeing to say that the roles of the media and local organizations are vital in the fight for ending violence against women.

“Aggressiveness (against women) calls for community governments to implement specialized policies for its prevention,” said Belkis Rojas, professor at the University of Pinar del Río. The expert added that gender inequality exists both in urban and rural areas, giving way to this type of (violent) scenario.

María Teresa Díaz, head of Cuba’s No Violence against Women Campaign, noted it is important to teach women and provide them with local experiences to help them avoid maltreatment.

Cuba’s achievements in sexual rights issues were recognized during the seventh Cuban Congress on Sexual Education, Orientation and Therapy recently held at Havana’s Convention Center, as highlighted in an interview between The Havana Reporter and the leftwing representative of the German Bundestag, Harald Petzold, who is also the speaker on sexuality issues.In addressing the Congress, José Ignacio Pichardo, doctor of social anthropology at the Autonomous University of Madrid, said that violence against non-heterosexual people have major educative consequences, such as school dropouts, low academic performance and a decrease in selfesteem.

“Homophobia is the main cause for insults at teaching centers in Europe,” commented Pichardo.

According to statistics, three in every four persons between 15 and 29 years old have denounced being victims of homophobic practices at school.

Experts from Cuba, Latin America and Europe attended the congress sponsored by the Cuban Public Health Ministry’s National Office for Health Promotion and Prevention of Diseases, Cuba’s Multidisciplinary Society for Sexuality Studies and CENESEX.

Supported by Cuba’s Public Health Ministry, the event’s program included forums, courses, conferences, symposiums, panels, roundtable talks and the presentation of digital and interactive posters.

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