Youth Representation and Change in the Cook Islands
Dean takes great pride in his work at CIFWA. One of the activities he mentions is ‘MythBusters’, where they ask young people what they have heard about sexual and reproductive health, so that they can debunk harmful myths and spread accurate information.
When asked what some of the most common myths are, Dean said: “You go blind if you masturbate too much. If you touch someone with an STI you get one. If you don’t have a condom, you can use gladwrap. If you have sex standing up, you can’t get pregnant. Sometimes it's horrifying.”
But Dean says that addressing these myths, and promoting safe and open dialogue about sexual and reproductive health is crucial to create meaningful change.