WHY ARE GIRLS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA SELF-SELECTING OUT OF SCHOOL?

NOTHANDO MUDZITI* IS 13-YEAR-OLD PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENT IN MLICHI VILLAGE, HURUNGWE. A TALL, SLIM GIRL WITH BRIGHT EYES FULL OF LIFE AND JOY, NOTHANDO WAS ORPHANED AT THE AGE OF 3, WHEN SHE LOST BOTH HER PARENTS TO HIV/AIDS.  SHE HAS LIVED WITH HER GRANDMOTHER EVER SINCE.  UNFORTUNATELY, THEIR FAMILY

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FROM THE EYES OF A CHILD: A SHORT STORY

THE CONCEPT OF THIS STORY IS TOLD FROM AN AFRICAN CHILD WHO HAS SEEN IT ALL AND KNOWS ABOUT THE CHALLENGES FACED BY OTHER YOUTH. IT TIES INTO THE MANY PIECES THE AUTHOR HAS WRITTEN FOR WELLBEING FOR WOMEN AFRICA ABOUT THE CHALLENGES FACED BY THE GIRL CHILD IN AFRICA.

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LET US LEAD: A RALLYING CRY

I WAS BORN IN A COMMUNITY THAT BELIEVED ME TO BE A CHILD UNTIL MARRIED OFF; MY OPINION NEVER COUNTED FOR ANYTHING, AND SO I DECIDED TO KEEP TO MYSELF.  FOR YEARS, I WATCHED AS PUBLIC SPACES WERE CLAIMED AND UTILIZED BY ADULTS FOR OUR BENEFIT – BUT IT WAS HARD

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THE REVICTIMIZATION OF SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS

It was 6.30am.  I waved goodbye to my parents and began my journey to my new school, singing as I walked.  The streets were not busy.  It was early.  But still, l was so excited that I could not stop myself from waving to every passersby I saw. I had

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REPORT FROM THE FRONTLINE: BOLD MOVE BY BOTSWANA PARLIAMENT

OVER THE PAST YEARS, A NUMBER OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS HAVE BEEN CONDUCTING ADVOCACY WORK AROUND IMPROVING ACCESS TO SANITARY PADS FOR THE GIRL CHILD IN AFRICA, AND BEYOND. MANY HAVE TAKEN A STAND ABOUT THE HIGH PRICE TAGS OF SANITARY PADS, WHICH ARE AN ESSENTIAL COMMODITY FOR MOST, IF

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