The world can be a very dangerous place for young girls. The number of young girls under the age of 18 who have been the victims of sexual violence equals the populations of Germany and France combined - 150 million, estimated the World Health Organisation.
The physical trauma of violence may heal, but the emotional wounds often never close, creating a lifetime of depression , anxiety, suicidal behaviour, post traumatic stress disorder and low self esteem. Violence against girls ruin their futures , dreams and ambitions and be replaced with mostly drug addiction , prostitution , eating disorder, chronic health conditions.
Emotional and psychological trauma on young girls living with domestic violence suffer emotional and psychological impact in a household that is dominated by tension and fear. These children will see their mothers threatened , physically or sexually assaulted. They will overhear violence and conflict and see the aftermaths of the violence such as their mothers injuries and her traumatic response to the violence.
Daughters are more likely to become victims then their sons ( Dobash and Do bash, 1979). Women abuse is also the context for sexual abuse of female children. Where the mother is assaulted by the father , daughters are exposed to a risk of sexual abuse 6.51 times greater than girls in non abusive families (Bowker , Arbitell and McFerron,1988).
Lastly , girls are the world's greatest prime resource. While they are not the ones responsible for ending the violence they are also not just victims ; they are the prime movers of their own features and the leaders of change within their communitites and globally. By joining our campaign you can take action on issues like this one. We believe that education is key and in particular non formal eduction, it's critical for ending violence - we are experts in non-formal education. Non formal education can create a powerful force for change by empowering young girls and young women to understand and know their rights, this will be done by challenging root causes such as inequality etc.
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