Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Emma Theofelus on Monday officially received the United Nations Population Individual Laureate Award during the celebration of World Population Day at Rundu. While accepting her award Theofelus said that one in 10 African girls misses 5 to 6 school days due to their period, “put[ting] an unequal and unfair burden on the girl child and expos[ing] them to many other societal risks by staying out of school”. The deputy minister, who is the youngest ever winner of the award, pledged to redouble her efforts and collaborate with others in ensuring that ‘period poverty’ is one day eradicated. She also vowed to play a pivotal role in addressing larger population matters such as sexual and gender-based violence, child marriages and teenage pregnancies.