#KnowItOwnIt campaign – interview of Jani Toivola
"New innovations and experiments are needed, in order to reach every young person. Sexuality education should not get into a rut", states a Member of Parliament Jani Toivola.
In your opinion, Jani, How do you think that the right of young people to get information about sexuality and sexual health is materialized today?
Sex and sexuality still are – for no reason – taboos in most of the world. It would be great if sex could be talked about without shame. The more there is information available and open discussion of the topic, the more young people have possibilities to make self-respecting choices concerning their lives. Everyone should have the right to recognize and set their own limits.
There still are a huge number of young girls and women who instead of going to school are forced to get married, and often with a man they haven't chosen themselves. Many times also the family size is excessive for them.
At the Parliament I work hard so that all young people, in Finland and elsewhere, would receive comprehensive sexuality education. Yet there should without a doubt be more discussion of emotions. Also accessibility of comprehensive sexuality education should be improved, since sexuality belongs to everyone.
What do you think is the significance of comprehensive sexual education on a global scale?
With the help of comprehensive sexuality education young people are able to govern themselves, their bodies and futures. The information enables young people to build up their own identities, strengthens their self-esteem and gives them new skills for live. With comprehensive sexuality education we change the world and make sure that the following generation is smarter than ours.
Does sexuality education in Finland require improvement?
Sexuality education should not get into a rut. As it is with everything in the changing society, also sexuality education needs to develop and keep up with the pace. New innovations and experiments are needed, in order to reach every young person. Each and every one of us have the right to information. And since there are diverse ways of digesting it, we also need various ways to reach young people.