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In Kenya Maasai girls take part in an alternative initiation to end FGM. And we meet Somaliland’s first female coast guard, a young Ghanaian boxer and singer Mo’W Kanzie in Bujumbura.
Debunked: Virginity Tests
Virginity testing remains an all-too common practice in communities across the continent. We explain why virginity testing does far more harm than good, and show how virginity itself is a social construct.
South Africa’s controversial culture of virginity testing
Every year, thousands of young women in South Africa are subjected to virginity testing. Although the practice has been widely acknowledged as a violation of the dignity of young women and girls, some say it is an important part of their culture.
Virginity tests: Why do we want to control a woman’s body?
Across Africa, many girls have been harmed and shamed for losing their virginity. But should a woman’s value be tied to her hymen? In this no holds barred piece, our love, sex and relationship expert, KAZ, tears into this outdated concept.
Initiation without FGM for Kenya’s Maasai girls
For generations, Maasai girls in Kenya’s Kajiado county were forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) to be considered women. Today, however the harmful practice is outlawed, and some communities are allowing girls to participate in a so-called Alternative Right of Passage.
Captain Zuhuur: The woman guarding Somaliland
Captain Zuhuur Fathi Muktar is the first woman to join the Somaliland Coast Guard. In just a few years, she’s risen through the ranks, keeping the waters safe while defying her detractors and forging a path for other young women like her.
Girlz Off Mute: Ghana’s 11-year-old boxing queen
Ready to meet the world’s next boxing queen? Najat Lokko hails from Bukom, the birthplace of many of Ghana’s best boxers. It’s not common to see girls training in the ring here, but Najat is determined to smash stereotypes and do her country proud.
My City: Bujumbur
Located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, Burundi’s largest city is warm and welcoming with plenty of spots to kick back and relax. Local singer Monna Walda Kaneza – AKA Mo’W Kanzie – shows us the highlights of her hometown.
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