CAPE TOWN – Women and Children’s Rights Activist and former first lady Graca Machel has called for more honesty in discussions around the safety of children in South Africa.
984 girls aged 10 to 14 years gave birth in South Africa between April 2020 and March 2021.
Machel has called for more data on what she calls South Africa’s statutory rape epidemic.
She was speaking during the Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture on Thursday night.
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She said, “there are far too many wolves in sheep’s clothes masquerading as predators and entire families harbouring terrorists in their homes.”
“I call on us to be more honest and nuanced in analysis of what is really going on.”
“We need higher quality data and disaggregated reporting which captures pregnancy classifications under categories including statutory rape, intimidation, coercion, intrafamily sexual abuse and incest. The data must expose these atrocities and guide the proper corrective measures to bring an end to the violence against girls and women face on a daily basis.”