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By unknown | Jul 09, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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"Human rights are not a privilege and it is an indictment of all of us that the rights of girls are continually trampled on and ignored," Graça Machel said this week.

Machel was speaking at the opening on Monday of the 33rd World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts international conference in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni.

She was conferred with the World Citizenship Award. The conference lauded Machel for her contribution towards empowering young women.

Machel used the occasion as a podium to express her views on the current state of women's rights.

"Today, more than ever, it is important that we all recommit ourselves to equal justice, equal opportunity and equal dignity without discrimination," she said.

Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka focused on the moral regeneration in our country and what role organisations such as the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts had.

"There is too little protection and nurturing of girls from paedophiles, peer pressure, diseases, dysfunctional families and poor role models - all of which mean organisations such as the Girl Guides are needed to help the girls navigate, survive and allow for a meaningful path," Mlambo-Ngcuka said.


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