At least this is what a mayor in a district named Uthuleka, Kwazulu-Natal Province, South Africa, plans to do. Starting this year, the mayor, Dudu Mazibuko promised to provide full scholarships to 113 girls in its territory to get higher education.
Dudu’s good deed is drawing criticism from Human Rights groups and gender equality advocates, because according to them, this scholarship shows the real discrimination against certain girls (ie, non-virgins) because they take away their chance to have the same opportunity.
"Moreover, virginity tests will not help stop the spread of HIV and AIDS," said Idumeleng Muloko of People Opposing Women Abuse (Powa) in South Africa to the BBC last Tuesday (January 26th). Giving out scholarships is surely a good thing to do, but I think that Dudu doesn't have the correct information about HIV... you don't stop the spread of the HIV virus with virginity tests, but with tow simple things: having a HIV test regularly so you know your status and by always having safe sex. Keep that in mind!