UN: 'Nearly one in four adolescent girls experience physical violence'

New York, US (PANA) - Almost one quarter of girls, aged between 15 and 19 worldwide, are victims of some form of physical violence, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

UNICEF, in a statement Sunday to observe this year's International Day of the Child, reported
that globally, nearly half of adolescents girls believe a man is justified in beating his wife under certain circumstances such as refusing to have sex or leaving the house without permission.

The agency, however, stressed the need for this mindset to change.

It stated: "On this year's International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF and its partners are calling
to empower adolescent girls and end the cycle of violence."

It noted that the International Day of the Girl is important because it shines a light on the need to recognize girls' rights, including the right to live free of violence and the goal of this day is to improve the lives of girls around the world by promoting equal opportunity and treatments in areas such as law, nutrition, healthcare, education, training, as well as freedom from violence and abuse.

UNICEF also pointed to specific actions to prevent violence against girls, including keeping
them in school, adding that the problem is global, but the solutions must be found at the
national, community and family levels.

The International Day of the Girl Child was designated as 11 October by a resolution adopted
by the UN General Assembly in December 2011, to recognize girls’ rights and highlight the
unique challenges girls face worldwide.

This year focuses on: "Empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence."
-0- PANA AA/VAO 12Oct2014

12 october 2014 21:24:36

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