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FW: [af-aids] Swaziland Imposes a Five-Year Sex Ban on Young Wom en (fwd)

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  • Bell, Elizabeth
    I like the howls of protest . ... women ... said ... no ... said ... birthday. ... Swaziland ... me ... quoted.
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 24, 2001
      I like the "howls of protest".



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      >> >SWAZILAND IMPOSES A FIVE-YEAR SEX BAN ON YOUNG WOMEN
      >> >SOURCE: Agence France Presse English, 17 September 2001
      >> >
      >> >The Swaziland government has announced a five-year sex ban for young
      women
      >> >in a bid to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS. The ban was announced Sunday
      >> >evening by the leader of Swaziland's young women, Lungile Ndlovu, who
      said
      >> >the elders of the nation had deemed it fitting.
      >> >
      >> >"During this period you will be expected to observe a five-year sex ban,
      no
      >> >shaking of hands with males, no wearing of pants and you will be
      >> expected to
      >> >wear woollen tassels wherever you go for the next five years," Ndlovu
      said
      >> >at the end of lengthy celebrations to mark the Swazi king's 33rd
      birthday.
      >> >
      >> >Ndlovu did not specify what age group the ban was trying to target, but
      >> said
      >> >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
      >> >yellow.
      >> >
      >> >Her announcement was met by howls of protest.
      >> >
      >> >The ban follows an announcement by King Mswati III on Friday that
      Swaziland
      >> >would revive the "umchwasho" chastity rite to preserve virginity among
      >> girls
      >> >and combat AIDS. Under the rite, the girls wear woollen "do not touch
      me"
      >> >tassels of different colours depending on their ages.
      >> >
      >> >Ndlovu said the tradition of preserving maidens' chastity -- known as
      >> >Imabali YeMaswati or Flower of the Nation) -- will be policed by
      >> traditional
      >> >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.
      >> >
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