Adolescents and youngsters are at the coreof the social policies implemented by the Cuban state, since they have access to education, sexual and reproductive health services, life projects and they are protected from difference and discrimination, recognized Rafael Cuestas, the international coordinator of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) program in Cuba.
During the celebration of the World Population Day, devoted to the investment in adolescents, Cuestas added that the country is facing challenges like early pregnancy and abortion as a contraceptive method, as well as the insufficient risk perception of sexually transmitted diseases.
«Among these priorities the UNFPA will keep up the support with its diverse programs, since investing in adolescents and youngsters contributes to the economic and social progress of the nations, »the official of the Center for Youth Studies (CESJ), central venue for the celebrations of this day in Cuba, said.
Topics like education, social participation, opportunities and life projects, responsible sexuality, family planning and fertility, as well as the approach on violence against adolescents and girls, were discussedin that space.
The Directorof the CEJSTeresa Viera Hernández said that investing in the population development, and especially in the new generations, so they can be capble to discern, make decisions, change and make them feel the main characters of today is a way to build up the future of the country. «Our social policies, particularly for the youth, must be conceived with and from them.»
The country’s comprehensive work was recognized by a group of bodies, institutions, organizations and national centers, together with the special support of the UNFPA office in Cuba, which took place in workshops devoted to debate about the achievements and challenges of the Cuban adolescents in the current society.
These and other topics were also approached in the De jóvenes para jóvenesworkshop, which was attended by featured TV actors like Carolina Cué, Roxana Broche andAmaury Millar.
The young artists were in favor of the acceptance of diversity, the connection between people, the promotion of spaces for socialization, the approach to topics still seen as taboos, the promotion of intergenerational dialogue,as well as the encouragement of active participation of youth in the construction of a better country.
They were joined by the leaders of a research project of cooperation of CEJS with UNFPA and MÁS, thecreative workshop by students from the Communication School of the University of Havana.