EVIDENCE ON THE LINKAGES BETWEEN GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE AND NUTRITION
SUMMARY OF FINDINGS SPECIFIC TO ADOLESCENT GIRLS
This brief summarizes some of the findings from a recently completed rapid evidence assessment examining the linkages between exposure to gender-based violence (GBV) and nutrition outcomes for children in fragile settings. UNICEF commissioned the assessment as part of a broader commitment to ensure that all programmatic interventions – including, but not limited to, those in the nutrition sector – are as safe and accessible as possible for women and girls. This approach involves proactively identifying and taking action to mitigate GBV-related risks, as outlined in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines for Integrating Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action.
The assessment explored associations between maternal exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) and child nutrition outcomes (indirect pathway), as well as GBV against girls and their own nutrition outcomes (direct pathway). The findings specific to adolescent girls within both of these pathways are summarized.