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Child brides, every year 12 million girls are married as adolescents, and 4 million suffer genital mutilation
the ROME – UNICEF, Plan International and un Women look back on with a new relationship - A New Era for Girls: Taking stock on 25 years of progress (“A new era for the girls: let's make the point on 25 years of progress”) - that today the number of girls who are going to school and continue to attend it is the highest ever, but these remarkable results in education do not match the great strides forward in building a more equitable and less violent for the girls. The report, published in view of the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, indicates that the number of girls not attending school has decreased to 79 million in the last twenty years. In fact, for the girls in the last 10 years has become more likely to attend secondary school than boys.

traffic inhuman and rape. Despite this, violence against women and girls is still common. In 2016, for example, women and girls accounted for 70% of the victims of trafficking at the global level recorded, the majority for sexual exploitation. A girl about 20 of the 15-19 years – about 13 million – have suffered a rape in her life, one of the most violent forms of sexual abuse that women and girls can live. “25 years ago - says Henrietta Fore, the director-general of UNICEF - the world's governments have engaged with women and girls, but they kept only one promise. While the world has demonstrated the political will to send many girls to school, is not able to give them the skills and support necessary, not only to shape their own destiny, but also to live in safety and dignity. Access to education is not enough, " he added, Fore - we also have to change the behaviors and attitudes of people towards girls. True equality will only come when all of the girls will be safe from violence, free to exercise their rights and enjoy equal opportunities in life".

Discriminated against, especially the teenagers. The report was launched during the campaign Generation Equality and to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the declaration and platform of action of Beijing – the historic project for the rights of women and girls. “It is vital, " says Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, head of the executive of Plan International - that we ask the governments to give an account of their commitment to the historic Declaration of Beijing, and this report offers a complete picture of how it looks to the world for the girls to 25 years away. Teen girls, in particular, he added, suffer from discrimination increased as a result of their age and gender and continue to be used in their communities and in the spaces of decision, almost always invisible in government policies. Give power to the teenage girls brings social benefits triple for the girls today – has concluded - for the adult that they will become, and for the next generation".

Exposed to violence of every kind. girls today are exposed to a risk of alarming violence in every place – both online and in classrooms, homes and communities – with consequences in physical, psychological and social. The report notes that unsafe practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilations still continue to stop and damage to the lives and potential of millions of girls globally. Every year, 12 million girls are married during adolescence, and 4 million are at risk of female genital mutilation. At the global level, girls between 15 and 19 years warrant to the same extent as boys of the same age acts of physical violence against wives.

The negative trends in nutrition. The report also indicates negative trends, worrying for the girls in the field of health and nutrition, many of which were unimaginable 25 years ago. For example, globalisation, the shift from traditional diets to processed foods and unhealthy, and the rapid expansion of techniques of aggressive marketing targeted at children, have as a result an increase in the consumption of foods that are unhealthy and sugary drinks. This has contributed to the growth of overweight and obesity in childhood and adolescence. Between 1995 and 2016, the percentage of girls in the overweight between 5 and 19 years of age has doubled from 9 to 17%, or about double that of the girls is now overweight (155 million) compared to 1995 (which were 75 million).

suicide is the second leading cause of death. In the last 25 years, we have also seen concerns more and more the mental ill health fuelled in part by the excessive use of digital technologies. The report notes that suicide is currently the second leading cause of death among adolescents between 15 and 19 years; the first cause is linked to motherhood. The girls are also exposed to high risk of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, with 970.000 teenage girls between 10 and 19 years who are living with HIV today, compared to 740.000 1995. Girls between 10 and 19 years of age still account for about 3 out of 4 of the new cases among adolescents in the world.

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