Recently, the CWS Timor-Leste team took time to reach beyond their national defense forces, on whom they usually focus, to share information about HIV and AIDS and sexual and reproductive health with 16 girls and 15 boys at a youth center in Comoro, a neighborhood in Dili. One participant, 17-year-old high school student Feliza Hau, said this after meeting with CWS staff, “For young people like me, information on sexual and reproductive health is really important, and it’s hard to get. I found the session very interesting because we were told the truth and we could really open our minds. I also learned a lot about HIV and how I can protect myself”.
CWS staff were happy to talk with this group of youngsters because they are aware of the challenges adolescents – especially girls – face in their country where19% of girls are married before age 18, and 24% already have a child by the time they are 20. The situation is challenging for boys as well according to a recent report by PLAN International .
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