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|Violence against girls and women is one of the most widespread violations of human rights around the world:
Why are Girl Guides and Girl Scouts taking action?
The campaign will reach out to Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in over 100 countries, to their communities, to our partners, to decision-makers in governments and internationally, to influencers such as the media and celebrities.
At its heart, the campaign is about empowering girls and young women to understand their rights and have the skills and confidence to claim their rights and the rights of others. It will ensure that it is girls and young women who are the instigators of the change they want to see in the world.
Because we must
It is estimated that up to six out of every ten girls and women will experience violence and/or sexual abuse in their lifetimes. These girls are part of our Movement. They are our family and friends. They live in the communities where we have pledged to make a difference. We have a responsibility to them and an opportunity to empower girls to speak out and take action.
Because we can
We are the voice of girls and young women, we work with millions of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts across the world and already many of our members are working on stopping the violence.
Because education is key
Education, and in particular non-formal education, has a huge role to play in ending violence and we are experts in non-formal education. By empowering girls and young women to understand and assert their rights you create a powerful force for transformation. By challenging gender stereotypes and reaching out to boys and young men through non-formal education you challenge the root causes of violence.
Because girls and young women told us this is important
We identified this issue in a consultation process with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts where it was highlighted as one of the things they most want to take action on.
Because no-one else is
You might think there are a lot of campaigns out there to end violence against girls. There are not. There are some that focus on ending violence against women. There are some that focus on ending a specific form of violence in a specific place. But there are no global campaigns dedicated to ending violence in all its forms against girls and young women.
UN Women’s end violence against women section tell us that this is a space where there is no data, no voice, no programmes and no investment, and our research shows this to be true on the ground. Our education programme on ending violence and girls’ rights is unique in the world, the only global programme of its kind.
So if we don’t take a stand, who will?