By MC Staff.
All children should be able to learn without fear
Some 62 million girls worldwide don’t go to school and violence is one of the reasons why. This school year alone, 246 million girls and boys will be affected by violence at school worldwide. An estimated 150 million girls worldwide have experienced sexual violence with much of that taking place at school.
Children’s charity Plan UK is calling for greater protection for students globally as part of its flagship Because I am a Girl work. Ahead of International Day of the Girl on 11th October, Plan has launched a new multi-media campaign including this film centred on three stories of school attacks on girls. Plan is determined that all children should be able to learn without fear.
It’s a hard hitting film that shows all too clearly the fear many girls around the world face, just to be able to get an education.
The charity vowed to act as research reveals that nearly half of girls (47 per cent) flag safety concerns on the way to school. Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign has reached 58 million girls worldwide to date, including work to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation and child marriage.
Gender inequality can underpin bullying and harassment, leading to school drop outs. And violence in school can take many forms – physical or sexual, verbal or psychological and affects girls across the globe.
An education is one of the most beautiful gifts we can ever hope to receive. That this is threatened for so many by medieval attitudes to equality is one of the world’s worst human rights abuses. Plan UK is working to change the lives of millions – replacing fear with opportunity – but they can’t do it without your help.
Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty
Here is another film made by Plan about the devasting effects of sexual violence at school and what happened to Sadiki from Kenya when she tried to say no to her teacher at the age of 15. Click on the image below to view the film.
Please help us to help Plan by spreading the word that every child has a right to #LearnWithoutFear.
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