United Way ends funding for sex-ed program aimed at Ottawa Muslim girls

A shortfall in Planned Parenthood funding has lead to the loss of an award-winning sex-ed program aimed at Muslim girls. The program was developed by Planned Parenthood’s education co-ordinator Courtney Scanlan, who partnered with Faiza Hassan, a Somali Muslim, to tackle culturally-specific questions from Muslim youth.

United Way Ottawa funded the program for more than 35 years, but a controversial change in the application process last year left Planned Parenthood without the $60,000 a year it needs to run its community education program.

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