Millennium girls

How has the world been tracking since the Millenium Development Goals were set in 2000?

How has the world been tracking since the Millenium Development Goals were set in 2000? Meet six girls who were born at the turn of the century – now age 15 – who are speaking out on one serious barrier to learning: gender-based violence in schools. This includes incidents of rape by teachers, sex for grades and violence and harassment on their way to school.

As we reach the end date of the MDGs and set out new development targets, these young people from across the globe conclude that gender-based violence in schools is destroying girls’ education and that the issue needs to be addressed – fast.

“We need more security, and people need to be mindful towards students and make sure they know the purpose of going to school,” says Salimata, 15, from Senegal, who was raped three times by her teacher while attending evening classes when she was 13.

Every girl has the right to learn without fear yet millions are being harassed, abused and followed on the way to school. The fear and intimidation they feel affects their education – some fall behind, and many drop out completely .

Plan is calling for the issue of gender-based violence in schools to be highlighted in the Sustainable Development Goals, which are set to replace the MDGs this year.

From 19-22 May, Plan is taking part in the World Education Forum in Korea to advocate for the issue to be made a priority in the global development agenda. Four Plan-supported youth delegates from Pakistan and the Philippines are speaking out at the event. From 19-22 May, Plan is taking part in the World Education Forum in Korea to advocate for the issue to be made a priority in the global development agenda. Four Plan-supported youth delegates from Pakistan and the Philippines are speaking out at the event

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Isabel Dunstan | 19th May 2015

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