Cape Town, South Africa

By July 16, 2015

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