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CSW Side Event: Girls Growing up Free of Violence: Promoting tolerance, equality and respect

57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Who: Geeta Rao Gupta, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF
         H.E. Ms. Sophia Simba, Minister of Community Development, Gender and Children,
         Government of the United Republic of Tanzania
         Grace Akallo, Advocate, author and former child soldier
         Irma van Dueren, Government of the Netherlands
         Cassie Landers, Columbia University
         Sajeda Amin, Population Council

What: The moderated discussion will focus on the prevention of violence against girls and what works through all stages of life from the early years to adolescence. While taking into account the specific vulnerabilities of girls of different age groups, discussions will also focus on the positive, looking at the benefits of early intervention and violence prevention, in particular in relation to the well-being and development of girls as they transition into adulthood.

When: Thursday, 7 March 2013, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Where: UNICEF House, Danny Kaye Visitor’s Centre, Three UN Plaza, 44th Street (Between 1st and 2nd Avenues)

Why: Violence is an everyday reality for millions of girls worldwide. Girls face abuse and discrimination due both to their sex and age. Violence against girls occurs in every setting – in the home, schools, care and justice systems, workplaces and communities – in different forms and throughout their lives. Research shows that the first year of a child’s life is the most dangerous period for the risks to survival, not only from disease, but also due to abuse and neglect. According to WHO, in 2002, approximately 150 million girls under the age of 18 had experienced forced sexual intercourse and other forms of sexual violence involving physical contact.

For further information and details, please contact:

Shimali Senanayake, UNICEF New York.  Tel: 1 917 265-4516; ssenanayake@unicef.org

UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org

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