Against My Will: Defying the Practices that Harm Women and Girls and Undermine Equality

Authored by: United Nations Population Fund

Categories: Global Public Health, Human Rights
Sub-Categories: Human Development, Sexual and Reproductive Health
Region: No Region
Year: 2020
Citation: "Against My Will: Defying the Practices That Harm Women and Girls and Undermine Equality." United Nations Population Fund. June 2020.

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Executive Summary

Every year, millions of girls are subjected to practices that harm them physically and emotionally, with the full knowledge and consent of their families, friends and communities, according to the State of World Population 2020, released today by UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. At least 19 harmful practices, ranging from breast ironing to virginity testing, are considered human rights violations, according to the UNFPA report, which focuses on the three most prevalent ones: female genital mutilation, child marriage, and extreme bias against daughters in favour of sons.

Ending child marriage and female genital mutilation worldwide is possible within 10 years by scaling up efforts to keep girls in school longer and teach them life skills and to engage men and boys in social change. Investments totaling $3.4 billion a year through 2030 would end these two harmful practices and end the suffering of an estimated 84 million girls, the report shows.