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Cape Town, South Africa

In post-Apartheid South Africa, girls are in real need of support. Particularly in Cape Town, issues surrounding access to and staying in education, restricted access to healthcare, high abuse rates and a patriarchal system where men hold primary authority all mean that girls are often left behind.


  • Just over half of girls in South Africa will leave education before completing Grade 12
  • 39% of girls aged 15 – 24 years have given birth, with 28% having never married or lived with the father of the child
  • Only 1 third of clinics in South Africa provide contraception options to people seeking contraception aged 13 -19 years
  • 45% of girls aged 14 – 24 years describe their first sexual experience as coerced by their male partner

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Victoria Falls, Zambia

In Zambia, life for a young girl is hard. With over 60% of the population living below the poverty line, it’s no surprise that school dropout usually begins around the age of 13. Teenage pregnancy, menstruation, duties around the home or having to care for younger siblings, often causes girls to abandon their schooling, or fall more than two years behind their expected age grade. With very little support for those girls, it limits their potential and has other far-reaching implications.


  • HIV spreads twice as fast among uneducated girls in Zambia than any country in the world
  • Women with no education have their first birth 6.2 years earlier than women with secondary education
  • 1 in 10 Zambian women are married before the age of 15 and 45% are married by the age of 18
  • About 28% of young females aged 15 to 19 years have begun child bearing
  • 47% of women in Zambia have experienced physical violence since they turned 15 years old

 

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Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Gender equality in Tanzania is relatively advanced, compared to it’s neighbouring countries. However, while there is a higher number of women in school, work and even in politics, women are still hugely under-served in rural communities and face many inequalities in their daily lives.


  • About 14.6% of all women and girls aged between 15 and 49 have been subjected to female genital mutilation
  • 41% of girls transition to secondary school education. However, only 3% complete the cycle, mostly due to pregnancy
  • The percentage of women aged 20-24 who were married before the age of 18 is 38%
  • Salaries paid to women are on average 63% lower than those paid to men
  • When women own businesses, they make 2.4 times less profit than men

In the town of Moshi, at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro, African Impact run education, public health and enterprise projects to target some of these issues, and have more recently developed a gender equality initiative in conjunction with The Girl Impact.

These gender empowerment projects focus primarily on empowering girls through education and skills development initiatives, while engaging all members of the community, including boys.

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