When girls speak out

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All over the world, girls are doing remarkable things and inspiring others to do the same. Here are just two...

The girl who spoke out about trafficking

After being bought for R5652 by traffickers, 19-year-old Somila was almost sold into prostitution before being rescued at the last minute. It would have been easy for her to go into hiding afterwards, but Somila refused to stay silent and spoke out passionately about her ordeal in India. β€œThey should realise that they cannot separate daughters from their parents and make us fools. They speak lies and make us fools. They cheat us,” she said.

The girl who spoke the truth about child marriage

Even though the law in India says girls must be 18 before they marry, almost half aren't. Often, it's girls' parents who make that decision, so it's difficult and scary for girls to speak out. When Kamla, 13, spoke to the Council on Foreign Relations for its report on child marriage, her honest and frank answers completely broke the mould. β€œWhen my parents mentioned marriage, I had no idea what 'marriage' even meant," she told her interviewer. Her courage to speak up is inspiring world leaders to act. Being born a girl shouldn't mean living with less freedom and rights than a boy. Girls are ready to stand up and be counted.

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MasterOfPuppets

It's shocking how big human trafficking is yet, it's not discussed as much as it should be, which honestly surprises me

Sept. 27, 2022, 6:53 p.m.

Neko-chan

Can someone please tell me what kind of group it is. I'm sorta new to this whole thing

Sept. 22, 2022, 12:48 p.m.

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Atalia

Me too I am not new but I have been aeske

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Sept. 21, 2022, 10:36 a.m.

Thalitha

Hey guys i am new on the springster i just need an advice from you I was raped by my cuz but idid not even told anyone

Sept. 19, 2022, 5:25 p.m.

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momodacutiegurl1

Hi I am not an expert on these things but I can maybe try and advise u....I think u should tell ur family and if they don't believe u go to the police

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Sept. 12, 2022, 2:33 p.m.

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Sept. 10, 2022, 1:31 p.m.

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Sept. 7, 2022, 4:51 p.m.

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Aug. 25, 2022, 5:51 p.m.

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Aug. 23, 2022, 5:53 p.m.

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July 11, 2022, 12:25 p.m.

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Tshedza

Sorry girl

Zoe

Girls really need freedom cuz it's so sad that girls are usually treated badly like for an example people judge me for being bisexual even mystery own friends are homophobic it just hurts mystery feelings cuz I was born like this and they are making me lose mystery pride✌

July 11, 2022, 12:22 p.m.

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Olerato

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Piper

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@Lisa.com

Girls out there have no courage but i mean we can change that if a girl can't speak or she is afraid let us be her voice. Am i right fomise

July 8, 2022, 10:14 p.m.

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Olivier

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Fefe

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Jessica

Lots of girls are l afraid to talk or say things that is wrong πŸ₯Ίand makes me sad

July 3, 2022, 9:19 a.m.

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@Lisa.com

Why can't u be the voice of other's if they can't help them😎✌# Together we are the voice of the nation

People are often afraid to speak up. I was too. But don't be. Because what I said cahnged alot not only for me but for other people who also had the same problem. # Girls have powerful minds.

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

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Gitf

I salute that #girls have powerful minds

Jessica

#girlpower

Some people are really shy hey...just like me

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

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myssmisterigyrl2

I'm also shy... my brother isn't,he can say hi to a stranger

Onkarabetswe

Me too I can't say hi to a stranger 🀞🀞🀞

There's no need to be shy about something that will destroy your life rather die for the truth if he promised to kill you let's us not be victims of not talking about things we don't like

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

I'm beautiful and I have a dream to be a lawyer one day

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

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Yes grl ❕ I also want 2 b a Lawyer

Owethu13.

Same here

Never be afraid to speak your mind

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

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100sky

I agree with you we must never hold back

These are the type of girls who can and will lead a whole nation. So we as female have to speak up and speak out for what is right, we will be able to achieve great things in life. #Speak up

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

These are the type of girls who can break the chain that is keeping most girls of their rights and keeping theirs voices locked up

March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

It is important to report child trafficking

March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

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March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

When i Was about 10 years old, I got sexually harassed by a person about the age of 24,, I was Scared As I was young,, He always Forced Me To kiss Him And When I Refused he would threaten me. I Haven't Told My Parents Yet And I Am Now 14 Years. I Can't Be Around Boys Because of This Matter. What Can I Do To Get Over It?

March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

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Hi Springster. Thank you for sharing your comment with us. It's very brave and mature of you. It's important for you to know that what happened was in no way your fault. You mentioned that the incident took place four years ago, I think it's still important for you to speak to someone about it. If you're not yet ready to talk to your parents, have you thought of talking to an older sibling, aunt, mentor or teacher? Sadly, we can't talk to you directly but you can call Childline SA. They will offer you counselling over the phone, in person and online. You don't need to give them your name and can contact them any time of the day or night. Contact them if you are depressed, feel alone or are scared and just need someone tot listen to you. They are here to help you! Don't forget you can contact them on their 24/7 Toll Free Helpline: 08 000 55 555 for help. Check out their website: http://www.childlinesa.org.za, Facebook and Twitter page for useful information.

go for counselling or try to talk to someone u trust ,pray to God to give u strength and carry on . just forgive yourself and accept wat happened and maybe it happened for a reason and maybe God was trying to bring u closer to him

you need to tell your mother or you should tell the person that you trust don't keep that thing into your heart because it will eat you in the bottom of your heart and you will be sorry for you ,or call social workers to help you and talk to them if he is threaten you don't be scard just be cool and call someone that you trust and i am sure that they will support you....

i also got sexual harassed i never told my parents what should i do?because everytime am around boys i think they will do the same

Mphoo

I also have the same problem I was raped at the age of 9 but I never told my dam strict mom because she would say u brought it upon yourself. I am 14 and I never spoke about this ever😭

Shapo

Tell your parents so tht they can tell him to backoff because you are young.....But you have a right to be scared of boys they are not right at all....

Onkarabetswe

Go and tell your parents so that you can be released by the burden πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

Piper

You know sometimes in movies I see that people get raped harassed etc and thn I think 'why don't you tell your parents?'but when it really happens to yourself you wouldn't want to speak out.....😁😭😘 SOMETIMES U JUST CAN'T TRUST ANYBODY!! ...........PIPER ROCKELLE......... 15/09/2022. THURSDAY

right

March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

that's true we have to stand for our rights nd we should be respected

March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

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Hey Springster. You're right. If we keep quiet of the injustices we become victims but when we speak up we are survivors, champions, warriors. Even better when we stand together.

Yah that's true us girls we HV to be strong also so tht we cn stand fr our words ....marriage things must be ur own choice en u must get married wen u feel tht it is the right time nt to be forced its an abuse ..... Girls we must stand together and fight fr our own rights coz some pple jst take us fr granted...lot of things are happening to girls worldwide ...I dnt knw y pple does nt respect girls they jst think tht girls ar powerless en thy CNT even be a leader but tht nt true

March 20, 2022, 8:59 p.m.

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Hi Swee, thanks for sharing this with us. Girls are vulnerable and people think because we are girls that we are weak but we are actually very powerful. And if we stand together and speak up for ourselves they won't be able to take out power from us.

Hi my name is mbalenhle am 14years old I have disappointed my mother a lot of times the problem she doesn't want an explanation so there's this boy his name is paseka I really love him am scared to tell my stepfather and mom that am dating sometimes I feel like commuting suicide all am asking for is to please help me

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

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Hey I think its better if you talk to your mother about it but most importantly you should ask your self if your ready 4 a relationship ...if you need help contact me

Somila you are a inspiration to all girl .Thank you for not keeping your story to you self β™‘.Now is the time that woman should stand up and start speaking out. Its hard but its starts with up

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

Wow that is so great

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

Child marriage is a real.thing and we should stop it from happening we can't be doing what our ancestors were doing in the name of tradition and customs, we are not only bullying our kids but we are also killing their dreams an making their lives and loving he'll, we need more people to come out and speak up against this because it really is a nightmare.

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

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Hi anc_bunny, thanks for your sharing your opinion with us. It's so valid and this is a really important issue that affects many young girls. We encourage you as an individual to continue speaking on issues like this because your voice makes a difference!

Standing up for our right is a good thing

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

Wow❕❕❕These grlz are so brave. BiG Up GrLz ✊

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

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I really admire these girls for speaking out. It really takes guts and its never easy for other ppl to stand up for what's right

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Letting out your emotions really helps,it's so brave to speak up,I just wish all girls out there were as brave as you are

Wow,πŸ‘ŒI'm really proud of you girls,wish all the other girls could learn how to SPEAK UP!!#STAY BRAVEπŸ’―πŸ’ͺ❀

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Yeah we will speak up viva to that

# speak up gals#

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

My frnd was raped by his brother,Dad nd uncle now she us pregnant and she wants to do an arbotion i told her she must not ......the problem is that she is poor nd im richer thn her she thinks im selfish but im not thats why i said she must see my mom coz she is a specialist nd my dad is a policeman so they cn help her....but she does not listen ....am i wrong???😨😭😭😭

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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You are right but give her space she will come around

Shapo

Hey no you are doing ryt thiβ€πŸ’•

Guys I don't whether I'm doing things right this year I'm 17 years but my parents died when I was 4 years in 2005 actually my mom was killed by my Dad and also killed himself I was supposed to be the third corpose there and lastly I don't want to associate myself with boys because mom was killed by his boyfriend that why I'm still a virgin my relationships do not last even now I'm under salvation because I cannot force myself to date when I can't!

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Hello Okuhler We understand that it must have been hard for you to lose both your parents. It will take time for you to heal but never feel as if there is something wrong with you. You must always remind yourself that you are enough and you deserve to be happy at all times. If there is an adult you can talk to please do so. It can be an aunt or anyone you feel comfortable talking to. If there is none, you can always call Childline and you will be able to talk to professionals you will help you. You can call them anytime you want at their 24/7 Toll Free Helpline: 08 000 55 555. We love you Springster and wish you nothing but happiness in your life.Let us know how you are doing after this advice.

Hey Kuhler,none of what you are doing is wrong or right .Take time to heal as you have not fully recovered from your mothers murder...you don't have to associate yourself with boys until you feel ready.You can date ,it does not mean if your mom was killed by her boyfriend the same thing will happen to you.If u really love someone ,don't give up on them...your mom would have loved to see you carry on making her proud

#Speak upπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œto all women and girls.....

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

Hey guys . I'm a 14 year old female . And I need some advice . So in 2019 I started my first year in high school and everything was great . So I started being friends with my class mates both girls and boys but there was this one boy who captured my heart . I started getting close to him and he also stated getting close to me. I didn't believe it but I was falling in love with him. But I didn't tell him. Then later on in the found out he had a girlfriend , I was a bit hurt bcoz I loved him . As time went by he told me that he loves me and he knows I love him too and he has broken up with his girlfriend and he would love us to give it a chance. So we dated and things were perfect up until my friend told me that he said he wants to break up with me . I was hurt and angry and I started distancing myself from him and I think he also did the same coz things just went cold . My friend had another friend andi could see that my boyfriend was becoming interested in her .Then after like two months I heard they are dating .my heart was so broken and I was very angry at my friends friend that how could she date my ex and she knew very well that he is my ex.But bcoz I'm a quiet person I didn't fight with any of them ,I just kept my emotions and anger to myself .And after two months of them dating ,he started doing small talks with me and I didn't know why ,but I just didn't mind them and then after a while he told me that things aren't okay at home and he still loves an ad would like us to get back together .I asked him if he's still dating my friends friend and he said yes and I said , unfortunately there's nothing I can do to help ,my hands are tired.And he asked me to give him some time bcoz he wants to break up with that girls so that he could fix things with me and I said okay bcoz I still loved him .then after a week he told me that he broke up with her and he and I can start afresh and I said that's awesome .Things we perfect ,I was the happiest girl on Earth , only to find out later that he didn't break up with that girl and they have been dating .I was so angry but I kept it cool ,And the when we were writing exams he was distant from me ,I could feel it in my stomach that is was loosing him and I didn't know to who or what ,I kept on asking him wats wrong and he kept on saying that we will talk but he never made the time to come and tell me what was wrong .and the last week of school he was avoiding me and he was always with that girl who he was dating I could see that they got back together and he didn't have the guts of telling me. My whole world just shattered bcoz in this fake world he was the only thing in my life that my real.i was by his side when things were not okay by his home ,I was there to loved and comfort him when his mom got into a car accident ,and yet that girl he was dating had already moved o and didn't car .I was by his side when his friends kept on telling me that I'm not good enough for him.i haven't told anyone yet about this

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

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Hey Springster! Sorry for the delay, I had some technical issues. I have hidden your comment to protect your privacy. I am pleased you felt able to share your thoughts, it's a really brave first step. Have you thought about talking to an adult that you can trust about this? This could be anyone from your parents/grandparents, a relative like an aunt, a neighbour or teacher. Sadly, we can't talk to you directly but you can get extra advice from CHILDLINE SA. They can offer you counselling over the phone. You do not need to give your name and can call them 24/7. Their toll free helpline is : 0800 055 555 or check out https://www.childlinesa.org.za/ you will receive the support you need, by a friendly person trained to help you in a confidential way. Take care.

We should stop all of this crazy things going on why should 16 days of activism only be so long 16 days I mean crime happens 24/7. Stand up an make a change ❀️ in know I am. U can speak and always know that u won't be judged. BE SAFE. and where arranged marriages are idk that is just messed up. Stay strong and speak to your parents or to someone (adult) u trust.

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

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U are right gal we should stand up to the devils ,so believe in all that can be a miracle starts whenever u believe

Hi ladyz I think we are incredible Standing together and lifting our voice was just amazing I think we ladyz should go to schools around Africa inspireing others ,we could become the legends of inspirational springsisters

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

Yaaas #GirlsRunTheWorld 😌❀ We girls should stand up for whts right and believe tht anything is possible with GodπŸ•‡...... No matter wht we are who we areβ€πŸ’“πŸ’•πŸ’–πŸ’—πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’πŸ’žπŸ’Ÿβ£

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

There are people who believe that girls should have less rights than boys but that is wrong because we equal to boys and we are just separated by our physical appearance .Girls have freedom of speech ,so that they voice out their own opinions

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.