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Background Paper on Attacks Against Girls Seeking to Access Education

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Author/Publisher: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

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Attacks against girls accessing education persist and, alarmingly, appear to be occurring with increasingly regularity in some countries, states a new study released by the UN Human Rights Office.

The report, “Attacks Against Girls Accessing Education,” is an assessment of attacks on schools and what this had meant for girls’ education. The report, by the Women’s Human Rights and Gender (WRG) section, reviewed data on attacks on educational institutions and on girls who attempt to access these institutions. According to the United Nation’s data, an estimated 3,600 separate attacks against educational institutions, teachers, and students were recorded in 2012 alone. In addition, attacks on schools have taken place in at least 70 different countries between 2009 and 2014. Many of these attacks were aimed at girls, parents and teachers for advocating gender equality through education, the report stated.

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