PUBLISHED MONDAY 4.5.2020
Young Danish communicators of sex and sexuality receive 260.000 DKK to help Greenland’s youth build a local branch.
Most of us will recognise the awkwardness of sex education. The situation in which an adult teaches someone from a younger generation about the most intimate of thoughts and actions seldomly feels natural or indeed comfortable.
In recognition of this, Danish group Sexualisterne (The Sexualists) was formed in 1989. They travel to youth clubs, schools etc with their two hour long (and adult free introduction) to sex and sexuality.
Their topics are both emotional (how to get a girlfriend/boyfriend and coping with break ups) and factual (STD’s, pregnancy and so on).
Until now a visit from The Sexualists has only been available in Denmark. However last year representatives from the Greenlandic youth organization Sukorseq visited the local Roskilde branch of The Sexualists looking for inspiration.
Early sexual debuts and unfortunately also sexual abuse are not uncommon in Greenland. The same can be said for Danish prejudice towards the former colony.
The answer to both problems is information. Thus, the representatives from Sukorseq went home with a strong wish to educate their own sexualists. A donation of 260.000 DKK from Roskilde Festival makes it possible for Danes to travel to Greenland and help form local branches.
Visit from Greenland
Project manager of the Sexualists, Ditte Marie Lindeskov, stresses the importance of educating local volunteers rather than simply transferring the Danish concept.
“This is not yet another project of Danes going to Greenland, thinking that they know best. The Danish Sexualists will certainly be able to contribute with methods of teaching and communication and a basic knowledge about sexuality, gender and so on, but we will not act as know-it-alls in regards to what it’s like to be young in Greenland,” she says.
The goal is to start a sustainable local group with a constant flow of volunteers and a steady demand from youth clubs, schools etc.
Young Danish communicators can talk with young people about:
•How it is to be in love or have a relationship.
• The first time.
• Birth control.
• Pregnancy and abortion.
• Sexual assault.
Roskilde Festival is non-profit
Every year, Roskilde Festival donates all profits to humanitarian, other charitable, non-profit and cultural work with a special focus on children and young people. Since 1972, the festival has generated more than DKK 420,000,000 (approx. EUR 56,400,000) for these purposes.
‘Young Voices’ is the most ambitious open call the festival has ever launched. 32 initiatives within arts, music, social change, environment and climate have received a total of DKK 15,000,000 (approx. EUR 2,000,000) of the festival’s profits from 2019.