Fulfilling our promise to girls in East and Southern Africa will give voice to and secure their equal future

Julitta Onabanjo

Joint reflections by United Nations Senior Officials in Africa* ¬†THIRTEEN year-old Lydia Mwela from Zambia has observed too many girls in her community becoming pregnant, suffering gender-based violence and testing positive for HIV. She does not wish to end up in a similar situation herself. Through knowledge she is gaining at school, she has become empowered to make her own informed choices and create the future she dreams of for herself. She is learning about healthy relationships, good values, the human rights she is entitled to, and sexual and reproductive…

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