Nombasa shares her anguish over the problems plaguing her rural Eastern Cape Province community, as she talks about how little voice women seem to have and about watching friends succumb to drugs, crime, and apathy. She wonders whether she and her friends will achieve their career goals and dreams of making her home safe for girls and women – a place of peace, freedom, hope, and love.
Key points to consider in viewing Nombasa’s story
Young people in rural areas often struggle to make themselves heard. For girls, this need is acute, given the risks of violence they face. Consider what responsibilities parents, schools, and municipal and national government agencies have, to protect and nurture girls and end gender bias and discrimination. Compare Nombasa’s despair with her hopes, and reflect on how youth can be supported in reaching their goals.