Epidemics of HIV, Ebola and Zika raise important questions about sex and sexuality education. What should we tell young people about these viral threats? How can we do so in ways that allow young people’s own opinions and voices to be recognised? What have we learned about the strategies that best prepare youth for sexual health in an increasingly globalized world? These and related issues are examined in a recently published book, edited by Fida Sanjakdar and Andrew Kam-Ruck Yip, and published by Peter Lang (Bern). Entitled Critical Pedagogy, Sexuality Education and Young People, contributors – including Ekua Yankah and Peter Aggleton from CSRH – aim to advance progress towards democracy and sexual citizenship in a rapidly changing world.