About Itumeleng Letsoalo

Itumeleng is a Global Citizen fellow and a social justice activist who is passionate about women and girls and the LGBTQAI+ community. The young writer believes in the power of story telling to impact social change, and enjoys disrupting spaces where black queer women are mostly not welcome.

Stories

  1. Article: We Caught Up With Schoolgirls Impacted by Always’ Sanitary Pad Programme in South Africa

    We Caught Up With Schoolgirls Impacted by Always’ Sanitary Pad Programme in South Africa

    By Itumeleng Letsoalo|Dec. 9, 2019

    No girl should be missing school because of their period. Read more

  2. Article: 'When You Shine, the Whole World Is Illuminated,' Melinda Gates Tells Johannesburg Audience

    'When You Shine, the Whole World Is Illuminated,' Melinda Gates Tells Johannesburg Audience

    By Itumeleng Letsoalo|Dec. 6, 2019

    Gates joined journalist Redi Tlhabi to talk gender equality and her book "The Moment of Lift." Read more

  3. Article: How I Lost My Brother to the Stigma Surrounding HIV/AIDS in South Africa
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    How I Lost My Brother to the Stigma Surrounding HIV/AIDS in South Africa

    By Itumeleng Letsoalo|Dec. 3, 2019

    HIV is not a death sentence, stigma is. Read more

  4. Article: Here’s Why Comprehensive Sex Education in South African Schools Is so Important
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    Here’s Why Comprehensive Sex Education in South African Schools Is so Important

    By Itumeleng Letsoalo|Nov. 27, 2019

    Sex education doesn’t sexualise children. Read more

  5. Article: This Cote d’Ivoire Designer Made a Set of Emoji That Shatter Stereotypes About Africa

    This Cote d’Ivoire Designer Made a Set of Emoji That Shatter Stereotypes About Africa

    By Pia Gralki  and  Itumeleng Letsoalo|Nov. 19, 2019

    Representation matters. Read more

  6. Article: South African Student Uyinene Mrwetyana's Killer Has Just Been Handed 3 Life Sentences

    South African Student Uyinene Mrwetyana's Killer Has Just Been Handed 3 Life Sentences

    By Lerato Mogoatlhe  and  Itumeleng Letsoalo|Nov. 15, 2019

    Mrwetyana’s killing reignited widespread outrage against gender-based violence in South Africa. Read more

  7. Article: Almost 80% of Grade 4 Students Struggle to Read in South Africa. This Campaign Wants to Change That.

    Almost 80% of Grade 4 Students Struggle to Read in South Africa. This Campaign Wants to Change That.

    By Itumeleng Letsoalo|Nov. 12, 2019

    Nal’ibali wants 120,000 more South Africans to register for library cards in the next two months. Read more

  8. Article: Being Homosexual in Uganda Could Soon Be Punishable by Death

    Being Homosexual in Uganda Could Soon Be Punishable by Death

    By Itumeleng Letsoalo|Oct. 14, 2019

    The country would become the fifth in Africa to have such a severe punishment for homosexuality. Read more

  9. Article: It Could Soon Be Mandatory for South Africans to Be Trained in Sign Language

    It Could Soon Be Mandatory for South Africans to Be Trained in Sign Language

    By Itumeleng Letsoalo|Oct. 8, 2019

    The Pan South African Language Board is working to protect the rights of the Deaf community. Read more

  10. Article: Bonang Matheba Says No Girl Should Miss School Because of Her Period at Johannesburg Premiere of ‘ACTIVATE'

    Bonang Matheba Says No Girl Should Miss School Because of Her Period at Johannesburg Premiere of ‘ACTIVATE'

    By Itumeleng Letsoalo|Sept. 17, 2019

    You can tune in now to watch the new six-part documentary series, all about ending extreme poverty. Read more