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Keeping girls in school: how we’re working towards SDG 5: Gender Equality
Did you know that each week, there are nearly 4,500 new cases of HIV in South Africa, and a third of these are estimated to be young women aged 15–24?
In response, we’re scaling a sexual education programme empowering young women and girls in South Africa with improved access to sexual health services and safe sex.
Durex - along with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - each pledged $5 million to The Global Fund in 2018, to support the ‘Keeping Girls in School’ programme in South Africa. This aims to reduce new HIV infections and teenage pregnancies, by improving access to reproductive health services and education.
The programme encourages girls to stay in school, through tutoring and homework support, peer education, reproductive health education, career fairs, and home visits. After three years, we’ve seen some amazing results:
- Condoms distributed – 876,074
- HIV tests provided – 129,866
- People educated about HIV – 98,115
This has all meant that more girls have been able to stay in school and the burden of HIV and AIDS has been reduced.
You can take a look at more case studies in Our Social Impact Report 2021. And keep an eye out for our Gender Pay Report – which will be published next week.