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Life Lessons for Girls

Many parents and educators have a mental blind-spot when it comes to 'sex education'. They have the notion that it somehow provides instructions on how to have sex! It doesn’t.

Recent statistics show that nearly 2,000 young women are infected with HIV every week in South Africa in the age group 15-24 – SA Department of Health 2016, released at the International AIDS Conference in Durban in July, 2016.
About 25% of children in South Africa have had sex by the time they are 13 years old, and 50% of children have had sex by the time they get to high school (MRC, HSRC & Save The Children).

The average age at which children start having sex in South Africa is about at 14 years of age, usually without parental knowledge (Hicks, Vetten, 2011). One in three young women has a baby by the age of 20 (IRIN, 2007).

One in eight (12.7%) of pregnant young women aged 15 to 19 years presenting at antenatal clinics had HIV (DoH, 2011).

Our youth, for the most part, are clueless about their sexual bodies and we, the adults, need to take full responsibility for this state of affairs. The reality is that with or without your approval, at some point your children will become sexually active.

It’s time, we the adults, took a leadership role, put aside our discomfort and educated ourselves around our own sexual bodies and then impart this potentially life saving information onto our children?

At the very least, should we not be providing our children with resources to educate themselves, if we don’t have the courage and conviction to do so ourselves?

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