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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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Ensuring robust legislation to prevent and respond to violence against girls

The vulnerable situation of girls involved in the criminal justice system calls for the urgent introduction of sound legislation, together with effective law enforcement in line with international human rights standards. Indeed, the enactment of explicit and comprehensive legislation addressing violence against both girls and boys in the justice system is an essential component of States’ accountability and is also an indispensable step toward social change to prevent and address violence in all its forms.

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