Volunteers empower young women
The following excerpt comes from the New Era Newspaper in Windhoek, Namibia and was originally published on May 11, 2012.
“The Karas and Hardap regions face a high rate of teen pregnancy and gradually the spread of HIV/AIDS – and have to deal with armies of unemployed school dropouts.
United States (US) Peace Corps coordinator, Liz Wise, emphasized that due to an imbalance in problems for girls, the annual Southern Girls Conference was started by the US Peace Corps in 2005.
‘HIV infection is higher in girls, according to a 2010 United Nations AIDS study,’ she said.
Wise explained that girls lack many things in the southern regions, including the lack of access to opportunities, especially for girls in the rural areas.
‘Access to opportunities is unequal, thus we are trying to reach girls with lower socio-economic backgrounds to help close the gap,’ she told New Era in Mariental.
She was speaking during the conference that was held in Mariental over the weekend that included training sessions on gender roles, HIV/AIDS management, career planning, body image, self esteem and standing up for your rights, among others.”
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