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Stop virginity testing for bursaries

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Women are being forced into compulsory virginity testing to get an education in uThukela District Municipality. Demand the Mayor abolish her plans.

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Student groups across the country have been calling out for free, quality education for all. Yet right now, women are being forced to give up control of their bodies to access higher education. uThukela District Municipality has introduced a ‘Maidens Bursary Award’, which requires that recipients undergo virginity testing not only to receive it, but also every holiday to ensure they are not sexually active [1].

Virginity testing is an invasive, flawed, traumatising and sexist practice, that has no bearing on whether or not women should be granted bursaries. Add your voice to support women’s rights. We can't let women’s access to education be determined by traumatic, invasive process that strips away women’s control over their bodies.

Together, we can ensure that public funds are not used to discriminate against women and uphold systems that keep women oppressed and unequal in the society in which we live.


Dear Mayor of UThukela District Municipality, Dudu Mazibuko,

We, the undersigned, call on you to abolish the ‘Maiden Bursary Award’, which requires that women undergo virginity testing to get it. Not only is the test flawed and invasive, it is a complete violation of women’s rights, another way of taking away women’s control of their bodies. If the award is meant to empower women, give it away to women in a manner that recognises and protects their dignity.

[1] Virgin bursaries. Amanda Khoza for Timeslive. 22 January 2016.

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  • signed 2016-05-23 16:01:41 +0200
    Very good, I love virginity testing
  • signed 2016-05-23 10:15:03 +0200
    the President must not think that South Africa is a tribal state because the way they do things is all based on Zulu tribalism . Zuma African National Congress does not belong to the Zulus it belong to the South Africans. We fought very hard for this Freedom you destroying .
  • signed 2016-05-19 16:43:00 +0200
    Education is a must to building our society, we need all those who learned for their mistakes and those who adhered to advice ,because between the adventures and the Quiet ones excellence is born.

    lets give the power we dont have to those still with a chance to make a difference

    A luta Continua
  • signed 2016-05-17 15:54:27 +0200
    abolish the “Maiden Bursary Award”
  • signed 2016-05-17 08:15:22 +0200
  • signed 2016-05-16 22:41:34 +0200
  • signed 2016-05-16 05:04:10 +0200
    we must get out of this long ago practice,that takes away woman dignity and self respect
  • signed via 2016-05-15 11:03:38 +0200
  • signed 2016-05-15 10:06:35 +0200
  • signed 2016-05-14 08:21:42 +0200
    This practice is 1. A form of emotional blackmail 2. It infringes on a girls right to get an education 3. It is contradictory to the constitution in that it goes against equal rights 4. It also marginalises those who are no longer virgins and opens them up to ridicule by their peers and communities
  • signed 2016-05-13 13:27:56 +0200
  • signed 2016-05-12 10:30:46 +0200
  • signed 2016-05-08 09:48:33 +0200
  • signed 2016-05-07 09:57:44 +0200
    How will you ever empower women to be educated if you make moral decision about how they live their lives or use intrusive methods to inforce your personal beliefs?
  • signed 2016-05-05 22:57:01 +0200
  • signed 2016-05-05 22:46:54 +0200
  • signed 2016-05-05 16:37:46 +0200
  • signed 2016-05-05 15:46:51 +0200
    its their right not to do test they are violating their wrights
  • signed 2016-05-04 21:30:29 +0200
  • signed 2016-05-03 14:36:20 +0200
    Away with virginity Testing for bursaries
  • signed 2016-05-01 12:51:48 +0200
    This is painful and really painful. Firstly I can call it discrimination to women out there. Bursary is not about my life whether am HIV positive or NOT a VIRGIN. Education is for all. Please resolve the issue. Its not fair at all….
  • signed 2016-04-30 08:48:30 +0200
  • signed 2016-04-26 13:16:52 +0200
    what has your virginity got to do with going to university , and wanting to better yourself in life?It is indeed to move south Africa to the best it can possibly be or am i wrong????So the testing of virginity is just totally out of touch with educational aspects if u ask me…
  • signed 2016-04-25 11:29:24 +0200
    Do away with virginity testing as a condition for being granted a bursary.
  • signed 2016-04-23 20:53:56 +0200
    Forward with virginity testing
  • signed 2016-04-22 14:03:04 +0200
    Forcing women on virginity testing is the highest unethical grade, women need to be respected and their rights respected also, therefore i say NO to compulsory virginity testing for women.
  • signed 2016-04-21 16:18:11 +0200
    This thing is not good.
  • signed 2016-04-21 16:18:11 +0200
    This thing is not good.
  • signed 2016-04-20 15:25:22 +0200
    women rights are been violeted by the municipality even though district is trying all the means to reduce teenage pregnancy but not to force someone, it must be a choice of that particular individual wether she is ineeed of bursary.south africa is a free country we are free to do whatever we want to do without interferance.They were not supposed to used education to fufil their needs because they are lot of bursaries outside for student who are dedicated.
  • signed 2016-04-14 23:09:51 +0200