Violence against Adolescent Girls: A Fundamental Challenge to Meaningful Equality
Population Council, UN Adolescent Girls Task Force
Violence against girls takes many forms and is widespread worldwide. Research shows that relative access to safety nets and comfort in various public settings is challenging, discomfort and vulnerability are common, and the extent to which girls must develop strategies to protect themselves is common. The threat of violence prevents many girls from claiming their rights.
This review explains forms of violence that affect girls, how they are inhibited from accessing resources that can support them, and how this denial of their rights conditions them to the acceptance of forms of violence. It puts forward arguments for investing in the rights of girls, highlights promising practices, and expresses an evidence-based point of view on where the field must allocate resources in order to most quickly and effectively improve girls’ lives.