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State of World Population 2020

Against My Will - Defying the Practices that Harm Women and Girls and Undermine Equality

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This publication documents the origins, drivers and prevalence of harmful practices within and across developing and developed countries as well as in humanitarian settings. It also highlights their impact on girls’ and women’s health, well-being and rights throughout their lives, the impact on demographics, national economies, development and eventual achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Where relevant, it also highlights the impact on boys.

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Denied, Revoked, Violated: Harm and human rights

Every day, hundreds of thousands of GIRLS around the world are harmed physically or psychologically, with the full knowledge and consent of their families, friends and communities. Sometimes the harm involves mutilating their genitals, often rationalized as a rite of passage from childhood to womanhood. Sometimes it involves giving away, selling or trading a girl for money or an object of value, often in the name of “marriage”. And other times, the harm is more insidious: a preference for sons over daughters, which reinforces negative attitudes about the value of women and girls in society and perpetuates gender inequality.

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