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: Meet the Inaugural Class of the Global Citizen Fellowship Powered by BeyGOOD in South Africa

    Meet the Inaugural Class of the Global Citizen Fellowship Powered by BeyGOOD in South Africa

    By Itumeleng Letsoalo|March 30, 2020

    The fellowship seeks to address the issue of massive unemployment among young people. Read more

  2. Article: South African Hospitals 'Forcibly Sterilised' Pregnant Women With HIV: Report

    South African Hospitals 'Forcibly Sterilised' Pregnant Women With HIV: Report

    By Itumeleng Letsoalo|Feb. 27, 2020

    “You must be closed up because you HIV people like making babies and it just annoys us.” Read more

  3. Article: South African TV Star Sade Giliberti on Mental Health and Queer Representation

    South African TV Star Sade Giliberti on Mental Health and Queer Representation

    By Itumeleng Letsoalo|Feb. 21, 2020

    We spoke to the former child star turned TV personality about the changes she wants to see. Read more

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Article: Why Comprehensive Sex Education in South African Is so Important
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    Why Comprehensive Sex Education in South African Is so Important

    By Itumeleng Letsoalo|Nov. 27, 2019

    Sex education doesn’t sexualise children. Read more

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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