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Uplifting Our Girls




"There’s an unsaid law that prescribes how, by the very nature of my female status, I must not have, a formal say about what concerns me. It is a ploy to deconstruct and silence the independent and critical awareness of girls, and ultimately all women young and old."


Lack of attention to the womanhood of African women fuses into ideologies and realities, such as sexual violence, that are important issues of discussion, but are often silenced by our community. Girls are taught in a stigmatising manner why they should not wear short skirts, sport lip gloss, or show cleavage. Girls are taught that owning their sexuality is some sort of sin, a burden made of guilt, shame, and disgrace. What about teaching our boys that girls are not made for their consumption? What about teaching men to respect women?

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