Scrapping of virginity bursary applauded

2016-06-20 22:16


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Cape Town – Lawyers for Human Rights have lauded the Commission for Gender Equality's recommendation that a bursary scheme issued to girls on the condition that they were virgins be scrapped.

The commission on Friday released its investigative report on the controversial uThukela Municipality's Maidens Bursary scheme.

Lawyers for Human Rights said in addition to being discriminatory, they believed the scheme also failed to treat girls of the same age equally, providing opportunities only for those of a certain conscience, belief or sexual orientation.

"The CGE's investigation has found that the issuance of a bursary contingent on a female student's virginity is fundamentally discriminatory.

"We applaud and strongly support this finding. We likewise support the recommendations contained in the report, including the removal of the Maidens Bursary scheme, training on gender equality for all uThukela municipal counsellors, and gender awareness outreach programmes in the district," Lawyers for Human Rights gender equality programme attorney Sanja Bornman said.

The commission on Friday ruled that the scheme was unconstitutional and recommended it be scrapped.

It also said recipients were to keep the bursary, without being subjected to virginity testing again.

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