From girls to women: gender-based violence across the life course
March 10, 2018
Every 10 minutes, somewhere in the world, an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence. While violence in various forms is a risk and reality across the life course, the gendered profile of violence becomes even more pronounced as girls reach adolescence; yet a gap continues to exist between child protection initiatives and adult-focused gender-based violence (GBV) programming. This event will explore experiences of violence in childhood and adolescence, with a sharp focus on the impact of GBV on the development of adolescent girls in developing settings, humanitarian crises and protracted conflicts.
Gender transformative approaches to better prevent and respond to violence at an early age and during adolescence will be discussed, including initiatives to address practices based on gender inequality that perpetuate GBV, such as child marriage and FGM/C. By amplifying the voices of adolescents and connecting their experiences to policy and technical expertise, this event aims to bridge the gap between violence against children and violence against women, improving multi-sector programmes to more effectively meet the unique needs of adolescent girls worldwide.