21 November 2013

Voices Against Violence

With 1 in 3 women and girls experiencing abuse in their lifetime, violence against women and girls is the most wide-spread human rights violation. Gender-based violence starts early, and girls and young women are particularly vulnerable. Over 50 percent of sexual assaults are committed against girls under 16 years.  Globally, one in three girls are married before the age of 18, and one in nine before they turn 15.

Read November's youth feature in Mailife Magazine where two girl leaders, Makelesi (14) and Shaifa (14) talk about putting girls into leadership positions to stop the cycle of poverty and violence. They want to see being a girl as strength, not a disadvantage. 

This article was written by UNICEF Youth Mediactivists Makelesi and Shaifa and the photos are from the Girl Guides of Fiji Photo Exhibition for the International Day of the Girl.

To read previous Youth Mediactivist articles published in Mailife, follow these links: May IssueJune IssueJuly IssueAugust IssueSeptember Issue, October Issue

About UNICEF Youth Mediactivist: Established in April 2013, 'UNICEF Youth Mediactivist' is a youth media volunteers network in the Pacific Region, producing empowering, engaging and effective youth led media. It currently has over 200 members from 11 Pacific countries.

Join the movement. Sign up to become a UNICEF Youth Mediactivist now

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