Are you a student of Delhi University?
How much do you know about sexual health?
Would you like to help us understand sexual behaviour among university students?
A 2017 study carried out amongst young adults i.e. college students aged between 18-25 years in Bangalore indicated that participant had a poor knowledge of sexuality. This translates to young adults being ill-informed about their own sexual health and well-being. Based on the 2015-16 data of the NFHS, Indian males are most likely to have their first sexual intercourse by the age of 20-24 years, whereas the peak age for women is comparatively lower at 15-19 years, with adolescent pregnancies showing a steady increase.
The constant stigma and lack of awareness that surrounds sexual health, coupled with unfounded beliefs, creates a context wherein university students do not have sources to turn to when they most need it. Keeping these gaps and challenges in mind, we are proud to launch our Youth Ki Aawaz Action Network Campaign #JanhitMeiJaari to call for seminars on consent, communication and contraception across Delhi University.
Pratisandhi Foundation is a youth-led non-profit organisation working towards sexual health and education among adolescents and the youth community in India. As an organisation for and by the youth, Pratisandhi believes in tackling the issue at the grassroots level by attempting to overcome gaps in current educational curriculum by mobilising the benefits of peer education and creating a judgement-free, relatable platform for the youth.
With adolescents and young adults engaging in sexual activity earlier in their life, rates of unwanted pregnancies and STIs/HIV are rising. While overall trends are alarming, there is a severe lack of data and understanding about the sexual health knowledge and behaviour of young adults. To develop effective strategies and policies, we strive to better understand the needs and current status of sexual health knowledge and behaviour among students of Delhi University.
If you are a student who is currently enrolled in Delhi University, we invite you to take out 15 minutes from your day and fill this survey. The survey consists of four sections containing primarily objective type questions revolving around sex and sexuality.
Stay tuned to more updates from Pratisandhi Foundation and find out what DU thinks about sexual education!