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By unknown | Feb 21, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Khanyisile Nkosi

Khanyisile Nkosi

Scholastica Kimaryo, the resident representative of the United Nations Development Programme, has called on members of Powa to come up with "indigenous solutions" for problems facing the African continent.

Delivering a message of solidarity at Powa's 9th congress held at the Birchwood Hotel in Ekurhuleni over the weekend, Kimaryo said the UN and Pawo needed to come together to find solutions to African problems.

She said the increasing number of girls dropping out of school in war-torn countries is a big concern and the hardest hit were young girls coming from villages. She said very few girls from these villages went beyond primary school. This was because girls and women were usually the first to flee their countries when civil wars began.

"You find that many times when these young girls leave their native countries, they no longer go back to school. In some countries, while men would be encouraged to go back to school, women would be discouraged from doing so. Instead they are usually pushed into marriage and bearing children," said Kimaryo.

She said a move to involve women in conflict resolutions was necessary to rectify the situation. "Both Powa and the UN need to come up with a way to get women involved in conflict resolutions and this should be something that is doable so that when we meet again next year we are able to show results," said Kimaryo.

Commenting on the HIV-Aids pandemic and its impact on women, Kimaryo said Pawo and the UN needed to find out why more women were infected and come up with ways to reverse the situation.


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