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The Changing Concept of Youth in Africa: From “children” to harnessing them as a demographic dividend

I recall the words so vividly: “You are a mafikozolo – the just arrived”! What did I know about women’s human rights? What did I know about human rights broadly? Who did I think I was to come into an already defined space and attempt a transformation of how things were done? Young “girls” were supposed to know their place and let adults make the decisions. I was just a “youth” after all.

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