Stop Discrimination and Violence Against Girls: You Have the Power to Do Something
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
New York, NY: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
2006, 17 pages
Presents the findings of the Commission on the Status of Women to the United Nations, on the global status of girl children. Global issues facing girl children include son preferences; child and forced marriages; HIV and AIDS; harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation; violence or sexual exploitation related to conflict situations; and an unequal work burden. As many governments do not follow international or domestic laws that protect female children, recommendations for improvements include the alignment of international and national laws to protect girls, training local law enforcement and judiciaries to ensure policies protecting girls are enforced, and requiring governments to report to the UN on the status of girls in their countries.