Request for Quotation for Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Gender: Mapping of Resource Materials on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and Gender Equality and Implementation of a Regional Consultation
UNFPA, Asia and the Pacific Regional Office in Bangkok hereby solicits a quotation for the following service: Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Gender: Mapping of Resource Materials on CSE and Gender Equality and Implementation of a Regional Consultation
UNFPA, Asia and the Pacific Regional Office in Bangkok requires the provision of services to conduct mapping of resource materials on comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) and gender equality and implementation of a regional consultation.
This Request for Quotation is open to all legally-constituted companies that can provide the requested services and have legal capacity to deliver in the country, or through an authorized representative.
Young people constitute a growing proportion of the world’s population, with larger numbers than ever before, and they will shape the world of tomorrow. Globally, this age group comprises of over 1.8 billion young people of which the Asia Pacific countries account for nearly 1 billion.
Young people are shaping social and economic development and building the foundation for the region’s future.
Yet, young people face many obstacles to achieving sexual and reproductive health, including lack of information on SRH and HIV. Gender inequality for girls in the region starts early in life, with less access to education in many countries and sociocultural norms which condone son preference and gender-biased sex selection, child marriage and gender based violence. Child marriage is an important issue in the region, with over 45% of women aged 20-24 in South Asia married before the age of 18 and 17% under the age of 15, thereby limiting future opportunities. Harmful gender norms assign rigid gender roles to men as providers and women as care givers, prizing physical strength, aggression and sexual experience in men, and submissiveness, passivity and chastity in women.
This leads to acceptance of male dominance and violence against women and others who do not conform to heteronormative masculine “ideals”, including men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender (TG) people. Schools, which should be safe spaces for learning, have a high prevalence of school-related gender based violence, including bullying and emotional and physical violence
The lack of information on SRH issues and gender inequality contribute to poor SRH outcomes such as adolescent pregnancy, STIs and HIV as well as persistent negative gender attitudes preventing young women as well as young men from enjoying satisfying relationships and fulfilling their potential.
The selected institution will perform a mapping of existing education resources available for on CSE, gender equality, GBV (including SRGBV) and prevention of child marriage.
The mapping will include resources available in English language from countries in the Asia Pacific region, with key resources from other regions used in positively evaluated programmes.
The focus will be on in-school materials but should include out of school materials that have been used in larger, well documented out of school programmes.
A three day consultation will be conducted in Bangkok, Thailand
The participants of the workshop will be regional and national UNFPA, UNESCO, UNICEF and UN Women focal points for youth, gender/GBV, education and/or child protection.
At regional level, all relevant focal points will be invited and one focal point per agency at national level (the most relevant focal point to be decided by each individual agency) from selected countries (approximately 10 countries)
The specific objectives of the regional consultation are
Increased awareness on the rationale and evidence for inclusion of CSE and gender in school curriculums and the importance of including content on gender and power in intimate relationships
Identify key elements of CSE and gender training for inclusion in national advocacy to MoE
Awareness of the range of teaching materials ( and participatory pedagogy) available on the topics ( both in-school and out of school)
Joint strategies for advocacy to MoE on inclusion of CSE and gender in the core curriculum