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Apr 26
Voices from the Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Summit 2018


Nozipho Mbembe (20)

I am from East London and I am a volunteer for the Siyakhanya community youth group.

My goal is to help young children who are depressed or get no love or attention at home. This can make them feel like there is a void inside, so they often try fill it with drugs or sex when they get older.

In my community there are very young girls getting pregnant, even before the age of 13! It is easy for men to exploit them by making them feel special and that someone cares.

I do this because I also went through abuse and depression until I started writing and sharing my story. Our group does activities with the kids such as traditional dancing, poetry and story writing.

My message to youth is that if you need help, please reach out to a teacher or social worker. Support is available and you are not alone.


Hlobisile Inamandla Masinga

I am from Inanda in KZN and I am a student at the University of Zululand. Our area is very traditional, so we try to create a welcoming environment for LGBT students. We also work with university employees such as campus security, so they understand how to deal with LGBT students sensitively when they make a complaint. Obviously, many of these are older people so it is important we educate them as well as our fellow students. Our goal is to integrate LGBT students within the university community, so we can work together as a cohesive whole. 

"Normal" is relative – we need to embrace our incredible diversity as South Africans in all ways.​


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