People with learning disabilities face high levels of stigma in Macedonia. With few day centres for them, many simply stay at home.
A common misconception about people with learning disabilities is that sexuality is not, or should not, be an issue for them – that they simply should not have sex. But they are sexual beings just like everyone else with feelings and desires, and the same rights. Yet they are also more vulnerable: people with learning disabilities are said to be three times more likely to become victims of sexual abuse than people without disabilities.
Our Member Association, HERA, developed a sexual education programme for people with learning disabilities. The aim was to teach users how to protect their sexual health, and equip them to have pleasurable, responsible and healthy sexual lives.