Lowering the age of sexual consent to 16 welcomed by KNZ
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The Maltese Parliament, a short while ago has voted in favour of the third reading of the Gender-Based Violence and Domestic Violence Bill, which includes an amendment to the legal age of sexual consent to 16.
The National Youth Council (KNZ), said in a statement this evening, that it has been on the forefront of the civil society movement in favour of this move, bringing Malta in line with the majority of EU Member States.
KNZ said that it issued a policy paper in 2015 with a number of recommendations on this subject matter and we are satisfied that this amendment is finally taking place.
The organisation encouraged the Government to carry out “a holistic sexual health educational campaign to empower youths with the necessary knowledge in this extremely important field and ensure the effective access to health services in this regard.”
It pointed out that also, “the relevant authorities should make sure that Gozo is equipped with a sexual health clinic, especially due to the absence of a Gozitan health clinic.”
The KNZ went on to say that the educational campaign should include an expert task force of educators in secondary schools, incorporating formal and non-formal education.
Also needed is a commitment to the investment in higher quality sexual health clinics, “facilitating free-self testing and the improvement in the accessibility and the education use of contraceptives among youths,” the KNZ said.