In a new age, girls in both primary and secondary school are becoming more sexually active as they discover their sexuality and as they brace being young adults. Because of this young girl between the ages of 11 and 18 need care and advice as they form a crucial vulnerable group.
Due to their young age and against the backdrop of poverty most girls in the rural areas as well as in the slum settlement are vulnerable to being sexually exploited. This leads to early teenage pregnancies and eventually to child mums.
Haki Mashinani recognizes that in order to achieve gender equality there is need to provide correct guidance and counselling these young girls on the dangers of engaging in sexual activities at a young age, to provide awareness on both the availability and access to contraceptives and reporting methods of sexual harassment at school, home and in the community.
Most importantly is to involve care givers and make them appreciate the role they play as teachers, parents and guardians. Similarly there is need to establish or to use existing health centers to avail reproductive health care services to young girls.
Similarly, at police stations there is need to advocate for a gender desk that receives and handles child sex abuse cases in manner sensitive to the victim’s needs.
On the legal frontier, Haki Mashinani provides legal counsel about the criminal justice system where a girl has been defiled or sexually assaulted and provides pro-bono representation to assist prosecute related cases via our referral system.