New partnership launches as part of WAGGGS’ flagship Stop the Violence campaign ahead of 16 Days of Activism
Violence against women and girls is a widespread and systemic human rights violation. According to the European Union and United Nations:
- 35% of women worldwide are estimated to have experienced, at some point in their lives, either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner. In some countries this figure goes up to 70%.
- More than 700 million women alive today were married as children, in various parts of the world.
- About 70% of all human trafficking victims detected globally are women and girls.
- Around 120 million girls worldwide (over 1 in 10) have experienced some form of sexual violence including rape. By far the most common perpetrators of sexual violence against girls are current or former husbands, partners or boyfriends.
WAGGGS is partnering with the Avon Foundation for Women to support girls in developing girl-led national advocacy campaigns against gender based violence within their countries to demand change.
The initial project will be taking place in Argentina, Philippines and South-Africa where Girl Guides will be designing and leading their own national advocacy campaign to bring about change and help to train local Avon representatives to raise awareness about specific forms of gender based violence.
Stop the Violence is the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts global flagship campaign to end violence against girls and women. Since launching in 2011, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world have been tackling violence against women and girls in their communities through advocacy, education, awareness raising, community action and research.