Wellington rally for better sex education
Teens will rally at parliament this week to present a petition campaigning for healthy relationships and LGBTQ inclusion to be taught in every school.
More than 5000 people have signed the petition created by 17-year-olds Lauren Jack and Ruby Medlicott, which will be presented to Labour MP Grant Robertson on Tuesday.
They also want sex education made a priority.
The young women say many teenagers have experienced sexual harassment, sometimes at school, and don't want to live in a world where rape culture is normalised.
"We're scared. We assume that this will be part of our lives and it doesn't come as a surprise when we're catcalled or people make jokes about rape," Ms Jack said.
"We need better, more consistent sex education in all secondary schools."
The petition calls for consent to be a compulsory part of the sex education curriculum and for healthy relationships and LGBTQ inclusion to be included.
"Every New Zealand teenager should be given the tools, education and knowledge to better understand the concept of consent in healthy relationships," Ms Jack said.