Blessers, poverty and peer pressure - teen talks issues affecting young girls

15-year-old Sinhle Nkabinde says young girls, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, face a range of social challenges.

Nkabinde says young girls are affected by issues such as the burden of care, child-headed households, 'blesser' culture and peer pressure.

This leaves them at risk of unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) and abusive relationships, she explains.

Nkabinde is a Grade 10 pupil from Mpumalanga and an ambassador of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Parliament (NMCP).

She joined presenter Eusebius McKaiser and the founder of the Mina Foundation, Zaakira Mahomed, for a discussion to mark International Day of the Girl Child.

Mahomed highlighted other socio-economic inequalities affecting the girl child, including lack of education.

She says society needs to educate girls and provide them with skills, role models and tools for personal development.

I feel that if you call us young women, you are giving the platform to actually show what we can do.

Sinhle Nkabinde, member of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Parliament

We face problems with having relationships with older men, your sugar daddies and blessers. It's like a trend now for children that are disadvantaged at home in their communities.

Sinhle Nkabinde, member of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Parliament

Having sex at a young age also impacts the number of STIs being spread and teenage pregnancies for the wrong reasons.

Sinhle Nkabinde, member of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Parliament

Another thing I would have to highlight is succumbing to social media pressures... It can lead to a lack of self-esteem.

Sinhle Nkabinde, member of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Parliament

The girl child is now becoming the breadwinner and taking on more responsibility. How do we change that?

Zaakira Mahomed, founder of the Mina Foundation and Mina menstrual cups

We have to actively go out there and make the girl child understand that she matters to society.

Zaakira Mahomed, founder of the Mina Foundation and Mina menstrual cups

The fate of societies the world over depends in part on how we ensure that girls and women live flourishing lives.

Eusebius McKaiser, presenter

The guests and callers discussed the challenges, experiences and plight of girls in South African society.

Listen to the in-depth discussion on The Eusebius McKaiser Show:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
[LISTEN] 'David Genaro has colonised every cell inside me'

[LISTEN] 'David Genaro has colonised every cell inside me'

Actor Jamie Bartlett chats to Eusebius about his long-running role on Rythm City, his childhood and being a father.

Understanding the power dynamics between doctor and patient

Understanding the power dynamics between doctor and patient

Clinical psychologist Cassandra Govender says it is dangerous to give too much control of your life to your practitioner.

[LISTEN]  The use of lawfare in SA and the Gordhan vs Mkhwebane case

[LISTEN] The use of lawfare in SA and the Gordhan vs Mkhwebane case

Analysts give their perspective on the case as well as the politics surrounding it.

'I should have told the Sunday Times the pot smoking was irrelevant'

'I should have told the Sunday Times the pot smoking was irrelevant'

Investigative journalist Jacques Pauw says he's sorry for any harm caused in his article on Mkhwebane and her principal witness.

Sexual and emotional abuse: Does forgiving your perpetrator help with healing?

Sexual and emotional abuse: Does forgiving your perpetrator help with healing?

Clinical sexologist Dr Eve says research that shows the way to heal is through self-forgiveness, self-compassion, self-care.

I think we should reconsider Bruce Koloane's appointment - Minister Pandor

I think we should reconsider Bruce Koloane's appointment - Minister Pandor

The Dirco minister says she has requested a meeting with the president to discuss issues related to the state capture inquiry.

Popular articles
[WATCH] Mzansi's Ndlovu Youth Choir headed for AGT's live shows!

[WATCH] Mzansi's Ndlovu Youth Choir headed for AGT's live shows!

The choir that is stealing America's hearts is headed to the next round of America's Got Talent.

[BREAKING NEWS] Johnny Clegg (66) has passed away

[BREAKING NEWS] Johnny Clegg (66) has passed away

Specialists diagnosed the singer with pancreatic cancer in 2015.

[LISTEN] Voice of the underworld - a 'retired' Cape Flats gangster speaks out

[LISTEN] Voice of the underworld - a 'retired' Cape Flats gangster speaks out

Jason is a 50-year-old former member of The Americans, the largest street gang operating in Cape Town.

Shark attack: 'I saw a cloud of blood in the water'

Shark attack: 'I saw a cloud of blood in the water'

Joao Felizardo helped rescue his surfer buddy Dusty Phelan after a shark bit him across both his legs in Port Alfred.

'Batchelor was once close to Mikey Schultz and self-confessed Kebble killers'

'Batchelor was once close to Mikey Schultz and self-confessed Kebble killers'

Journalist and author Mandy Wiener describes former footballer Marc Batchelor's links to alleged underworld figures.

How Christo Wiese became the richest in SA, and how it all came crashing down

How Christo Wiese became the richest in SA, and how it all came crashing down

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews TJ Strydom, author of “Christo Wiese - Risk And Riches”.

'We find connections between gangs in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban'

'We find connections between gangs in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban'

Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime's Simone Haysom says gangs operate far broader than the Western Cape.

'I should have told the Sunday Times the pot smoking was irrelevant'

'I should have told the Sunday Times the pot smoking was irrelevant'

Investigative journalist Jacques Pauw says he's sorry for any harm caused in his article on Mkhwebane and her principal witness.

[WATCH] Over 50 artists record special version of Johnny Clegg’s  “The Crossing”

[WATCH] Over 50 artists record special version of Johnny Clegg’s “The Crossing”

For this week's #GoodNewsThursdays, we find out the inspiration behind the production.