No More ‘Maiden Bursaries’

Uthukela municipality will no longer be offering university bursaries to virgins.

It has accepted the recommendations of the Commission for Gender Equality, which investigated the awarding of "maiden bursaries" to 16 girls by the municipality.
The commission's CEO, Keketso Maema, told parliament yesterday that the investigation found that "the issuance of a bursary contingent on female students' virginity is fundamentally discriminatory".

Learning Through Doing: Lessons from a Review of DGMT’s Bursary Partners

In 2012, the DG Murray Trust commissioned an independent review of 7 of our 8 long-term bursary partners.  The following summary, written by the independent reviewer, Andrew Hartnack, gives a glimpse into the key findings of that review and its implications for this sector.  

NGOs Criticises Zille’s Teen Bursaries

NGOs have slammed Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, for awarding bursaries to teenage girls who did not fall pregnant while at school.

Molo Songololo director, Patric Solomons, has expressed concern about the awards because the responsibility is placed on teenage girls when the issues in their communities and homes are much larger.

Solomons points out that these 14 girls, who received bursaries worth R10 000 as part of the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Project, are confronted with a whole lot of social pressures.

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