Gender- based violence and sexual violence have been identified as significant barriers to girls moving beyond primary education.
150 million girls under 18 have experienced rape or other forms of sexual violence.
Fear of violence from other pupils and even teachers prevents girls attending school and makes their parents more likely to remove them from school early. Studies have found that some girls are coerced into sexual acts by teachers who threaten them with poor grades if they do not cooperate.
Enforcing legislation to criminalise gender-based violence will remove this barrier to girls’ education, allowing more girls to make the essential transition to secondary education.
The leading cause of death for young women aged 15-19 in developing countries is pregnancy.