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“Education Plus” to empower young women

Adolescent girls and young women in South Africa are disproportionately impacted by HIV, AIDS and other sexual and reproductive health issues. To help address this, the Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Dr Reginah Mhlaule, together with five United Nations agencies – UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women – recently launched the Education Plus Initiative in South Africa to enable young women to enjoy the full benefit of education and realise their sexual and reproductive health rights. Education Plus is a high-level advocacy drive to accelerate actions and investments to prevent HIV. The initiative is a rights-based, gender-responsive action agenda…