Motshedisi Likate

Motshedisi Likate known as Tshidi is from Qwa Qwa, a small village in South Africa. When she was little, Tshidi’s parents separated and she was brought up by her mother, grandmother and aunts who encouraged her to attend and excel at school. While there, she volunteered at the Save the Children clinic, where she talked to girls about the issues they faced, including teenage pregnancy, violence and difficult family relationships. She was particularly concerned about girls as young as thirteen having sex with older men in exchange for air-time on their phones, food and clothes. This experience inspired Tshidi to set up her own counselling group, an NGO called Beat She Can. The girls in the group meet weekly with social workers to discuss a whole range of subjects. One of the issues that often arises is that girls are ashamed to go to school when they have their period. In some cases, the girls drop out of school altogether. Tshidi is trying to change that and is currently studying Early Childhood Development at Sharpeville College.