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Safeguarding the Rights of Girls in the Criminal Justice System

Preventing Violence, Stigmatization and Deprivation of Liberty

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Gender-based violence is a pervasive and devastating manifestation of discrimination against women and girls. International human rights standards provide a solid framework for preventing and responding to violence against girls in both public and private spheres. Unfortunately, non-compliance with human rights obligations to protect girls remains a serious challenge. This report contributes to the dissemination and implementation of the Model Strategies on Violence against Children, adopted by the General Assembly in 2014. It also aims to support the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which calls for an end to all forms of violence against children, equal access to justice for all, and effective, accountable and inclusive institutions.

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Setting the scene: Kainat’s ordeal

In 2007, 13-year-old Kainat was sexually assaulted by four men in her rural village. Members of Kainat’s own family ordered her to be killed to rid themselves of the perceived shame the attack had brought upon them, but the teenager’s immediate relatives refused to turn their back on Kainat and vowed to support her as she took the step of fighting for justice in defiance of customary laws that have been in place for centuries. The struggle of a gang-rape victim shunned by her village for accusing her alleged attackers is the subject of a documentary premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

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