Societies, rich and poor alike, are increasingly articulating commitments that guarentee girls safe and equal access to entitlements, services, social participation, and economic opportunities. Yet threats of violence in many forms - culturally affirmed (child marriage, female genital mutilation), intimate (carried out by family members and partners), casual (carried out by strangers), and planned (trafficking) - intervene to prevent girls from claiming their rights.
This report is part of the Girls First! series. It provides a snapshot of the knowledge base and puts forward innovative arguments for investing in girls and highlight promising practices. It expresses a forward-looking and evidence-based point of view on where the field must allocate resources in order to most quickly and effectively improve girls' lives.