And so, dear black African girls and women, I say to you: If power is the ability to influence, then sex is often about power: And women… we are found constantly and delicately balancing this dynamic. Sign in Get started. I am going to try and break it down for you, so we can explore how we somehow got here. Age-disparate relationships between young women and older men are common. Grown men insultingly paying a measly 30 cents to have sex with this child, and they get away with it.
How did we get here as a society?
These efforts should be bold, loud, visible, and female-driven. If we are not protecting and empowering nine-year-old girls, we are perpetuating a vicious cycle that will produce at-risk 15 to year-old AGYW. Addressing inequities and injustices that subordinate, minimize, and oppress girls in favor of boys will require relentless efforts. Most are infected via heterosexual transmission, and many are unmarried. Act and speak in voices and tongues that reek of your angst, tremble with your brilliance, and are thick with your glory. I felt equal parts angry and helpless. How the society we live in approaches injustices shapes our own individual ability to protect and value ourselves as equal and worthy citizens in the world.