To protect teenage girls from HIV/AIDS and unwanted pregnancy in Uthukela district located on the eastern sides of the KwaZulu-Natal province. The district leadership is making a ‘good example’ out of 16 supposedly virgin teenage girls by granting them a conditional scholarship to the University. The lucky 16 girls that secured themselves a scholarship will have to take a regular virginity test to continue receiving the bursary.
The awarding of a conditional scholarship based on the girls’ virginity has elicited a lot of condemnation from various Rights groups. Uthukela district mayor Dudu Mazibuko while speaking to the BBC said they intend to curb HIV/AIDS prevalence rate and incidences of unwanted pregnancies.
Although the mayor’s heart is in the right place, especially considering that there is an estimated 6.3 million South Africans living with HIV; one in ten people have the virus in that country. The move to give conditional scholarship for teenage girls based on their virginity does not agree well in respect to the girls’ rights to education and sexuality.
A South African Rights group, People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) spokesperson, Idumeleng Muloko told the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35403501" …read more