Girls’ rights and realities – Zimbabwe

Counting the Invisible – Girls' rights and realities – Technical report Zimbabwe
16 February 2017

This report, part of a 3-country study, uncovers the perceptions and experiences of girls in Zimbabwe on themes such as education, early pregnancy, violence against girls and more.

Findings in Zimbabwe

  • Widespread poverty not only had an impact on their health and wellbeing, it also increased their risk of dropping out of school, which in turn exposed them to child and early marriage and early pregnancy.
  • Girls firmly believed that finishing their education would lead to decent employment opportunities.
  • Once out of school, girls said that the risk of child and early marriage and early pregnancy increased.

Girls are at risk of being left behind unless their unique voices can be heard. In an effort to further the global understanding of adolescent girls’ rights, Plan International commissioned a three-country study aiming to uncover the perceptions and experiences of girls on a set of themes related to the Global Goals: girls’ enabling environment ● care and domestic work in the home ● education quality and value ● early pregnancy ● early marriage ● violence against girls ● safety in public places ● social relations ● interpersonal communications.

Counting the Invisible

Key research findings of the three studies are published in our Counting the Invisible report, exploring the current state of gender data and exposing the gaps.

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