Plan International Condemns Widespread Sexual Violence Against Women and Children
LONDON - In light of the recent spate of reports from India detailing yet another story of a horrific rape case, Plan International condemns widespread sexual violence against women and children.
Last week, two teenage cousins were gang raped and hanged from a tree in the Badaun district in Uttar Pradesh, India, while another young woman was gang raped, strangled, and then had acid poured on her face.
These incidents from India are unfortunately not isolated and reveal the harrowing realities young women and children face on a daily basis in all parts of the world.
According to Plan’s global report, A Girl’s Right to Learn Without Fear:
- Between 500 million and 1.5 billion children experience violence every year, many within schools.
- Worldwide, an estimated 150 million girls and 73 million boys have experienced sexual violence.
- Nearly half of all sexual assaults are committed against girls younger than 16 years of age.
- Reports indicate that children as young as six are victims of rape.
Plan International’s CEO, Nigel Chapman, says:
“The failure to protect children from all forms of violence, including in their school lives, is a violation of their rights, compromising their development and well-being, and perpetuating cycles of violence across generations.”
According to Plan’s report, published as part of its global campaign Because I am a Girl, safe and effective reporting mechanisms must be put in place, along with effective legislation and regulation at government level.
A feeling of inclusiveness must also be promoted, encouraging communities, including men and boys, to change harmful attitudes and shift social norms to ensure girls feel safe and empowered to pursue their right to an education without living in fear.
To read Plan’s full report, visit www.plan-international.org/genderschoolreport
About Because I am a Girl:
Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign is supporting millions of girls to get the education, skills, and support they need to move themselves from poverty to opportunity. Since 2007, Plan has been producing a global report on the State of World’s Girls with a different theme each year.
About Plan International USA
Plan International USA is part of the Plan International Federation, a global organization that works side by side with communities in 50 developing countries to end the cycle of poverty for children and their families. Plan works at the community level to develop customized solutions and ensure long-term sustainability. Our solutions are designed up-front to be owned by communities for generations to come and range from clean water and healthcare programs to education projects and child protection initiatives. For more information, please visit www.PlanUSA.org.