Culture in Africa a barrier to "sex education" for girls and boys

Mathato Mosisili. Photo:UN

African parents cannot talk openly to their children about sexual relations because of cultural barriers, according to the First Lady of the Kingdom of Lesotho.

Mathato Mosisili was at the UN in New York to attend a High-Level Event on the sexual reproductive health of adolescent girls across Africa.

She is a member of the Organisation of First Ladies against HIV and AIDS (OAFLA) which now engages also in maternal, neonatal and child health care as well as cervical cancer.

Unplanned pregnancies, cross-generational relationships, early marriage and peer pressure are some of the issues that affect young girls, the UN says.

Speaking to Jocelyne Sambira, Ms Mosisili shared how the lack of communication is making matters worse.

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