SHE WAS ONLY 15 YEARS OLD WHEN HE PROMISED HER THE WORLD. “I’LL TAKE CARE OF YOU,” HE SAID, “I MEAN IT.” He was 3 times her age, and thus he held all the power. He refused to wear condoms, even though social stigma left her too frightened and ashamed
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
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.
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
SHE HAD BEEN MARRIED FOR 10 YEARS, BUT THE RELATIONSHIP WAS MORE ABUSIVE THAN HAPPY. SHE WAS A SHADOW OF THE STRONG, BOISTEROUS GIRL SHE HAD ONCE BEEN. YEARS OF BEATINGS HAD LEFT HER HUNCHED AND SCARED. SHE FANTASIZED AT TIMES ABOUT LEAVING HIM, BUT THE REALITY WAS TOO FRIGHTENING.
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
He was a hero, father to many, a legend and an icon. Befitting all these titles, he believed in the power of reconciliation, education, and youth emancipation. Because of Nelson Mandela, many have looked past skin colour and walked together to achieve their goals. Having spent 27 years in prison,
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