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“The Naked Truth” of Why You Should Watch TV Shows About Sex Education 

Sexuality is a driving force of people’s lives; it is beset with powerful taboos that shape human behaviour and communication.

“THE Naked Truth”, a Zimbabwe’s Premium show that exercises prominence on Sex Health Education aimed at elucidating taboo conversations about sex, sexuality and sexual health, will live-stream its first episode, “Sex and Addiction”, on the 26th of November 2020 at 7 pm CAT.

In a statement to the press, the show producers, Bayethe Development Institute, said the show serves as an interactive and inclusive initiative focused on the provision of comprehensive, accurate and non-judgmental Sexual and Reproductive Health Education to Zimbabweans, targeting LGBTQIA+ persons, the youth, the girl child and the public.

The vocalization of issues surrounding sex has long been considered explicit and inappropriate in various communities such that sex has become the subject of secrecy and an unravelled mystery.

The evident lack of Sexual Reproduction Health (SRH) education which is informative, positive, and non-discriminatory leads to children, women and the LGBTQIA+ community being the most vulnerable to HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections, stigma, a lack of sexual agency and liberation. This, the producers noted, has clearly contributed to the impediment of development in the Health sector which serves as a vital issue that requires urgent attention, hence the production of the new talk show.

The Naked Show, it is said, carries the enthusiasm to raise awareness on SRH in bid to minimize and eventually eradicate the ignorance around sex, sexuality, and sexual health. It also aims at achieving three major objectives which are contributing to access to comprehensive reproductive health services, improved sexual health of the youth and the girl child challenging sexual stigma, discrimination, attitudes, and laws. The achievement of these objectives serves as a catalyst to better and improved Sexual Reproduction Health (SRH) enlightened communities.

The show comprises thirteen episodes that explore SRH devoid of constraint. Those will be; Sex and Addiction, Adventurous Sex, Sex and Consent, Unpacking Sex and Sexuality, Sex and Culture, Sex and Nutrition, Sex and Disability, Reproductive Health, MSM/WSW, Sexual and Reproductive Health Services as an LGBTQAI+, Sex Work, HIV and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Referral to SRHR services.

These topics were carefully crafted for viewer enlightenment and engagement, they serve as an eye-opener to those eager to dig deeper into SRH.

“The Naked Truth Show is crafted as an inclusive, safe, and easily accessible online program where key populations, young adults and the public can interact and access accurate information on SRH. We look forward to your engagement and views on,” said the producers.

The show goes live on The Naked Truth platform on Facebook and YouTube and is hosted by transgender LGBTQIA+ activist Jordan Chanetsa and talented broadcasting journalist Rebecca “Miss Becky” Muchenje.

Lights, Camera & Action: Rebecca Miss Becky. Image credit: Twitter @NakedTruthShow2

Chanetsa has dedicated her life to seeing that the #queer community in Zimbabwe reaches a position of independence and power. For her acts of activism, she was awarded the Gender Champion in the 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign held annually by the Netherlands Embassy.

Muchenje, on the other hand, brings in an unmatched flair buttressed by her broadcasting experiences working with ZIFM Stereo and BBCs ‘In Business Africa’ show. The show focuses on business-related issues in Africa and addresses issues such as economic growth patterns, developmental trends and other business issues in Africa.

Bayethe Development Institute is a Zimbabwean registered Private Voluntary Organization that empowers marginalised communities with life skills to strengthen their inclusion and participation in all development processes, including humanitarian interventions. In this quest, they are supported by Amplify Change, an international organization which aims to empower young people, women and men to realize their sexual and reproductive rights.

ImChris Charamba

Head Storyteller/Critic at Large in Culture at Enthuse Afrika

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