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