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Adolescent Girls  Face Risk Of Sexual Violence, Warns UNICEF

UNICEF’s Bauchi Field officer, Tushar Rane, addressed the media on Wednesday during a special dialogue commemorating the 2024 International Women’s Day, shedding light on the ongoing threat of sexual violence faced by adolescent girls in developing countries.

Rane revealed a startling statistic, stating that one in seven girls in these countries is married before reaching the age of 15.

Despite these challenges, he emphasized the transformative impact that investing in the health, rights, and overall well-being of adolescent girls can have on entire nations.

“Nearly half of adolescent girls in UNICEF program countries suffer from anaemia and a lack of access to essential health and nutrition services during pregnancy,” Rane expressed concern.

He warned that if this trend persists, the number of girls and women in extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa is projected to surge by 2030.

UNICEF Chief highlighted the urgency of providing adolescent girls with the necessary support, access, and opportunities to help them realize their potential, enabling them to become powerful agents of change.

As International Women’s Day (IWD) approaches on March 8, the global community is reminded of its commitment to addressing critical issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and the prevention of violence and abuse against women.

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