You are here:

Policy resources: Gender equality

Young mother with her daughter in Brazil

Gender Equality

Policy Resources

Our 80-year history has shown us that worldwide, no one bears the brunt of discrimination more than adolescent girls. Girls everywhere encounter barriers to accessing their rights and face challenges as a result of gender inequality, social norms, and power relations. 

We work to ensure gender equality is included in all our work by challenging the causes of gender inequality. We also ensure girls are empowered and supported to access their rights free from the threat of violence.

Our work on ending violence against women and girls includes preventing and responding to child marriage, school-related violence and female genital mutilation (FGM). This is a key part of our broader work to ensure aid is gender transformative and challenges the inequalities girls face globally.


As many as one in ten girls in Uganda have been affected by sexual abuse and exploitation.
As many as one in ten girls in Uganda have been affected by sexual abuse and exploitation.

The trafficking of girls and young women

Evidence for prevention and assistance

Women and girls account for 71 per cent of the identified victims of human trafficking globally. They are often forced to make impossible choices for their mere survival. Conflict and humanitarian crises are contributing factors.

Our report, written with the International Organization for Migration and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, describes the trafficking routes of girls and young women aged 0 to 24 years old from Nigeria, Nepal and Uganda. It provides a snapshot of their lived realities to help inform efforts to address human trafficking through gender-and-age-sensitive approaches.

End discrimination against girls

join our because I am a girl campaign