Publication: From Invisible to Indivisible
From Invisible to Indivisible - Promoting and Protecting the Right of the Girl Child to be Free from Violence
Violence against women has been described as “one of the most universal and unpunished crimes of all.” This statement is perhaps nowhere more relevant than in reference to violence against the girl child: Across the world, the double burden of being both female and young relegates millions of girls to the margins of society where, unseen and unheard, their rights are disregarded and their safety is denied.
This is all the more true in West and Central Africa, where the implications of this invisibility are particularly enormous.
In addition to providing background information on the scope of violence against girls, this report attempts to take the Secretary-General’s studies one step further in their promotion of the right of the girl child by presenting specific policy and programmatic recommendations related to ending violence against girls. At the heart of these recommendations is the recognition that any efforts to address girls’ needs must include strategies for girls’ participation, such that they are empowered to claim their full rights, thus becoming agents of change in their own lives and in the lives of others.
Overview of Violence against girls in West and Central Africa
Violence against girls in schools
Violence against girls in the work settings
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting