Protect the girl child
“It is not my fault” is the message that was echoed at yesterday’s International Day of the Girl Child hosted by a member of Provincial Legislature, Honorable Amanda Bani-Mapena.
The event took place at Bani-Mapena’s constituency office in Hillcrest, the event was aimed at celebrating the girl child and inspiring the 50 (grade 7) girls from the greater Hillcrest area who were in attendance to dream limitlessly beyond their circumstances as they prepare for a brand new and daunting 5-year journey in high school.
The surge of gender-based violence cases and girl child killings and rapes reported increased exponentially. According to a report released by Statistics South Africa in June of 2018, it was established that between 2015 and 2016/17 femicide had increased by 117%.
The halting of the academic year, due to Covid-19 left many girl children vulnerable to perpetrators. Two young girls (15) and (18) were found dead with bullet wounds in bushes on Sieged Road at P section in KwaMashu on the 29th of September.
“The purpose of today’s event is to celebrate, embrace, and inspire girl children. To instill in them values of sisterhood and camaraderie. The girl child can achieve greatness if they help loft each other up and celebrate and protect each other and that’s what I want the girls to leave with today,” shared Bani-Mapena.
The girls were asked to chant “I am enough” and “my dreams are valid,” as they drew on t-shirts what they want to be when they exit high school, the t-shirts included pilots, teachers, scientists, and psychologists proving that indeed the girls are inspired to imagine a future with limitless possibilities.
Oyena Ngcobo who was in attendance said; “I can only imagine how far I would’ve gone had I attended a program like this one. Where I was told I am enough, and my dreams are valid as a grade 7 getting ready for high school.”
Picture: Andile Msomi