Violence is a major barrier to education for millions of girls across the globe. The prevalence of violence against girls affects both their rights to education and their rights in education, and is the focus of a new ActionAid International advocacy initiative. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including Goal 2 (universal primary education) and Goal 3 (gender equality), make no explicit mention of violence against girls as a critical structural barrier to education (UN 2000). The issue has also been neglected by major education initiatives such as the Global Campaign for Education, of which ActionAid is a member.This briefing paper is divided into two parts. Part 1 presents ActionAid's initial findings and definition of the problem. Part 2 lists the key actions that ActionAid feels must be taken nationally and internationally to address the problem.
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