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Diskuse o sexu v Ghaně

LABADI, GHANA – Osvěta na téma sexuality a reprodukčního zdraví je v mnoha západních zemích seriózní politickou otázkou. Na tématech, jako jsou potraty a „rodinné“ hodnoty, se vyhrávají a prohrávají volby. V Ghaně a mnoha dalších rozvojových zemích je však plánování rodičovství otázkou života a smrti, zejména u dívek a mladých žen.

Když jsem před šesti lety vyrůstala v jednom slumu v jižní Ghaně, běžně jsem slýchala historky o teenagerkách, které podstoupily potrat, o čtrnáctiletých matkách nebo o osmnáctiletých mužích, kteří bijí své prepubescentní přítelkyně, protože jim odmítají prát. A nikoho, kdo měl nějakou autoritu – například rodiče nebo učitele –, zjevně netrápilo, že oběťmi jsou neprovdané dívky, často právně nezpůsobilé k pohlavnímu styku.

Toto byl můj „normál“. Mnohé z mých spolužaček nedokončily školu, protože otěhotněly. Jiné zemřely, poněvadž se rozhodly pro potrat na klinice bez licence.

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