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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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Implementing comprehensive prevention programmes

Around the world, there has been insufficient investment in crime prevention and the development of child protection systems that can effectively prevent and respond to violence against girls. The criminal justice system has an essential role to play in improving this situation, but it cannot work in isolation. Strong institutional cooperation and coordination among child protection and education and social protection services, law enforcement bodies, criminal justice agencies and health services, including reproductive and mental health services, are all indispensable.

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