On a long brown velvet couch, I am seated with five teenage girls stylishly dressed, who engage in virginity testing and cultural dancing activities. This story has been shared 74, times. More from GlobalPost:
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The group also noted that because the scholarship is through the village, taxpayer money pays for these grants. Those defending the cultural practice say that it preserves tradition and has been modernised to teach girls about their reproductive health and HIV and AIDS. The backroom is a meeting point for the girls who practise twice a month, outside a nearby church across the road. The scholarships focus on young women because they are more vulnerable to exploitation, teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, she said.