AN ABUSE OF GIRLS’ HUMAN RIGHTS
Girls who are exploited are being denied their childhood, their education and their chance to secure a sustainable livelihood for themselves. Their freedom and autonomy are being curtailed, leaving them socially isolated and vulnerable to ongoing violence, exploitation and abuse throughout their lives.
This violence is being done to girls in their homes and in their communities. It’s also increasingly happening to those fleeing their homelands due to conflict and humanitarian crises: girls on the move are extremely vulnerable to being sold or trafficked into forced labour or sexual exploitation.
We know that when girls are free to choose their own path, influence the world around them, and speak out when they see injustice, everything changes. That’s why we’re committed to standing with brave girls around the world, as they campaign to end exploitation and ensure every girl lives a life free from violence.
Speaking out at UNGA
Modern slavery is on the agenda for governments meeting at the 2018 UN General Assembly (UNGA) – and we'll be there, to make sure the experiences of adolescent girls and young women are heard.
We'll be presenting some of the early findings from a wider research study from Uganda, Nepal and Nigeria, which aims to better understand the factors that make girls and young women so vulnerable to exploitation, and to pinpoint the approaches that might help them.
TAKING ACTION AT CHOGM
Today, more than half of all enslaved individuals in the world are estimated to live in Commonwealth countries, making it a problem our leaders can’t ignore.
In 2018, we joined youth advocates Viola and Norah from Uganda, and Hope and Georgina from Kenya, at the Commonwealth Summit. They asked their Governments to push for commitments to be made by all the Heads of State, to end the exploitation of girls and protect their rights – and they succeeded.
Standing with brave girls to stop trafficking
“If girls know their rights, they can educate the new generation.” – Sabina
Every day, girls are being trafficked within Nepal, across the border into India and overseas. Once they’re taken away from their homes, they're being sexually exploited in brothels, and forced into child marriage, domestic servitude and to work in clothes factories.
It's a horrendous abuse of girls' rights, and it has to stop. That's why we asked you to support youth advocates Sarita and Sabina, as they campaigned to get their Mayor to take action.
MAKING CITIES SAFER FOR GIRLS
“Because I’m a girl, others think I’m weaker. Because I am a girl, I’m seen as a sexual target.” – Maribel, 19, Ecuador
For the first time in history, there are more people living in cities than in rural areas. These urban environments offer all kinds of opportunities – but our research shows that the world’s cities aren’t safe for girls.
They’re facing abuse, physical and sexual harassment and exploitation, making this a global problem that must be addressed.
LISTENING TO GIRLS IN CRISIS
Around the world, 500 million adolescent girls are living in countries affected by conflict and humanitarian crises.
In these environments, navigating the challenges of growing up as a girl – from increased domestic work to the risk of gender-based violence, child marriage and pregnancy and childbirth – becomes immensely more challenging.
That's why we're working to support young girls and women growing up during times of crisis.
STOPPING THE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF GIRLS AT WORK
In Uganda, as many as one in ten girls have been affected by sexual abuse and exploitation, and girls tell us that this is a real issue for them at work.
Now, as the Ugandan Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development prepare to launch an official consultation into the sexual exploitation of girls and young women at work, youth advocates Faridah, Fiona and Rowlings have called for it to focus on why action isn’t taken when girls report exploitation.
Saying no to trafficking in Nigeria
In North East Nigeria, humanitarian crisis and conflict have put girls’ safety in jeopardy. Traffickers are luring girls and young women with promises of well-paid jobs and tricking families into giving up their daughters, but what seems like a way out is a path to exploitation.
Many girls don’t know the risks until it’s too late. That’s why we’re standing with youth advocates Tama and Gift as they champion a girl-led movement to say no to the trafficking of girls and young women.
Aicha was just 10 years old when she was trafficked from her village in Togo to Nigeria, to work as an unpaid domestic servant.
Find out more about our event at the Conservative Party Conference 2017 on protecting the most vulnerable at home and abroad.
Find out how we're empowering young people to create the change they want to see.
The humanitarian community is failing to understand the needs of girls in conflict and crisis.