Somebody once described the life of young African girls as being like dystopian film The Hunger Games, in which everybody you know watches while you fight increasingly difficult battles for your survival.

That this week sees the start of the UN’s 16 days of activism against gender-based violence (GBV) drives the message home. The week also included the UN’s international day for the elimination of violence against women...

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