FW: [af-aids] Swaziland Imposes a Five-Year Sex Ban on Young Wom en (fwd)
- I like the "howls of protest".
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>> >SWAZILAND IMPOSES A FIVE-YEAR SEX BAN ON YOUNG WOMENwomen
>> >SOURCE: Agence France Presse English, 17 September 2001
>> >The Swaziland government has announced a five-year sex ban for young
>> >in a bid to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS. The ban was announced Sundaysaid
>> >evening by the leader of Swaziland's young women, Lungile Ndlovu, who
>> >the elders of the nation had deemed it fitting.no
>> >"During this period you will be expected to observe a five-year sex ban,
>> >shaking of hands with males, no wearing of pants and you will besaid
>> expected to
>> >wear woollen tassels wherever you go for the next five years," Ndlovu
>> >at the end of lengthy celebrations to mark the Swazi king's 33rdbirthday.
>> >Ndlovu did not specify what age group the ban was trying to target, but
>> >women who were in relationships and older than 19 years would be
>> expected to
>> >wear red with black tassels, and those still virgins will wear blue with
>> >Her announcement was met by howls of protest.
>> >The ban follows an announcement by King Mswati III on Friday that
>> >would revive the "umchwasho" chastity rite to preserve virginity amongme"
>> >and combat AIDS. Under the rite, the girls wear woollen "do not touch
>> >tassels of different colours depending on their ages.quoted.
>> >Ndlovu said the tradition of preserving maidens' chastity -- known as
>> >Imabali YeMaswati or Flower of the Nation) -- will be policed by
>> >chiefs who still rule over much of Swazi society.
>> >Any man who failed to observe the rules would be fined 1,300 Emalangeni
>> >(about 152 dollars) or one cow.
>> >More than 50,000 people have died of AIDS in Swaziland, which has a
>> >population of about one million.
>> >Forwarded to AF-AIDS by Dolar Vasani, South Africa
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