Adolescent girls experience and are at risk of violence virtually everywhere – in their homes, in their relationships, on the streets, on public transport, in schools, in workplaces and online.
Girls experience violence in ways that are different to adult women. The young age of adolescent girls and the changes that they experience as a result of puberty make them particularly vulnerable to sexual and physical violence.
The consequences are life long, disrupting their pathway to adulthood and impacting on their learning, their future choices, their relationships and their emotional and physical well-being.
Over 120 million adolescent girls worldwide have been subject to sexual violence including rape. In three quarters of low- and middle-income countries more than one in five adolescent girls have experienced violence by their partner in the last 12 months.
Girls experience violence in school and at the hands of family members. Adolescent girls are more likely to be exposed to harmful practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation. They are more vulnerable to trafficking and sexual exploitation, particularly in humanitarian emergencies and when on the move.
How do we break this cycle of violence and harmful practices?
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