[ View the story "Swaziland to pay girls $18 a month to remain virgins " on Storify] Swaziland to pay girls $18 a month to remain virgins King's planned programme reportedly aims to curb HIV transmission.
The Stream· Thu, Oct 09 2014 16:55:44
Swaziland is proposing to pay girls R200 p/m for staying virgins to fight HIV. Can we stop policing female bodies? #PowerPerspectiveZanele Madiba
HiV rate in swaziland is high “@Khanya_Ashley: What's the purpose of paying someone to remain a virgin? Why is that important to you? WHY?”Malume Vizo
So Swaziland wants to pay girls to stay virgins to fight aids. Not sure I am ok with this idea.Nyameko Bottoman
The National Emergency Response Council on HIV and AIDs will
be tasked with monitoring the girls who participate, though details about how this will be done is still not known. Some questioned how the programme would work:
Swazi government to pay virgins $20 a month.
Are there going to be continuous virginity tests? #263chatHer Zimbabwe
so hw this whole virginity grant thing gonna work??.....hw they gonna knw whether a girl is a virgin or nt?? #SwazilandThe CT
Others thought males should also be included:
Swaziland government promises to pay R200 to girls who keep their virginity.. What of the boys?Sylvanus Wekesa
Why is Swaziland just paying teenage girls to abstain? They should pay boys too - and sugar daddies.Khaya Dlanga
Some accused the king, who has
, of pushing the initiative for personal gain:
Ehhh...idk. That Swaziland thing of paying maidens for staying virgins seems a bit of a stretch. It also means a bigger pool for the KingKurdt Cobain | Beast
Interesting how the Swaziland despot King Mswati is planning to pay young Swazi girls R200 a month to remain faithful yet he's not faithful.Sanele Zondi
The royal family, however,
denied these rumours.
One user thought South Africa should implement a similar initiative:
SA government should catch up with Swaziland and actually pay girls who do not have kids monthly grants instead of paying those who doIG: Nqobi_leXaba
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