South Africa: UN Taskforce Says More Must Be Done to Protect Young Girls

Pretoria – 28 October, 2012. The United Nations High Level Taskforce on women, girls, gender equality and HIV for Eastern and Southern Africa has called for accelerated effort in protecting the rights and wellbeing of young girls.

The taskforce concluded its one-week high-level political advocacy mission in South Africa on Saturday, calling for renewed effort and commitment to protect the health and rights of young girls in the country.

The taskforce was in the country to conduct a mid-term review. The Department for Women, Children and People with Disabilities invited the taskforce to do an independent assessment of the extent to which the country has been able to discharge its responsibilities and to share its views and experiences on the critical issues facing women and girls in the country such as teenage pregnancy, gender based-violence, prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV and sex work.

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