Botswana: New Movement to Empower Girl Child

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Challenges faced by a girl child compelled 18-year-old Thatayaone Temane of Maun to start a movement called Femme Ardor.

The movement would offer services such as education on gender based violence (GBV), motivational talks, panel discussions on issues of interest to girls, mentorship and coaching on leadership skills and distribution of sanitary towels.

In an interview, Thatayaone said a girl child was neglected because there was a yawning gap in provision for them and a strong discrimination in the society.

She said her movement would afford girls a platform to freely air their views, adding that not everyone in the society rejected a girl chil but stated that there were subtle trends that needed to be changed.

A girl child, Thatayaone said, was subjected to many challenges such as violence at school, teenage pregnancy, poor sanitation, domestic labour and dangerous journeys among others.

She recently learnt through different media platforms about high rate of incidents of GBV recorded during lockdown period.

Some issues such as defilement, rape and suicide amongst minors touched her, hence formation of the movement.

Through the movement, she believed that the girl child voice would be heard as the focus would be on issues affecting girls in general.

The Form 5 pupil, a debater and a school head-girl at Maun Senior Secondary School believed that she could apply her skills to impact positively to her fellow peers.

Thatayaone said Femme Ardor movement would give a platform to other girls in the society who had long bottled up their problems because of limited platforms.

Recently, she donated sanitary pads to Love Botswana Outreach Mission Trust, a Faith Based Organization (FBO), which works to develop Christian leaders for Africa. .

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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