Title: Legal and human rights dilemma relating to sexuality education in Africa

Authors: Ebenezer Durojaye

Addresses: Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape, New Social Sciences Building, Robert Sobukwe Street, Cape Town, South Africa

Abstract: This article examines the benefits of sexuality education in schools in Africa and then considers the legal and human rights issues relating to the objection to its introduction. In doing this, the article discusses some cases that have shed light on the conflict between the exercise of the right to religion and other rights, particularly the right of young people to sexuality education. It concludes by noting that while parents do have the duty and responsibility to provide direction to their wards and children, including instruction on exercise of religion, such powers must be consistent with human rights norms and standards. More importantly, the exercise of the right to religion must be tempered with other rights, especially where harm will result to the public in strict adherence to this right.

Keywords: sexuality education; Africa; human rights; right to religion; legal rights; sex education; schools; parental duty; parental responsibilities.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPLAP.2016.082250

International Journal of Public Law and Policy, 2016 Vol.5 No.4, pp.305 - 316

Received: 11 Jul 2016
Accepted: 18 Oct 2016

Published online: 07 Feb 2017 *

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