COVID-19 and Young Girls: Expect Increases in Child Marriage and Teen Pregnancy

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During health emergencies, children—especially young girls—face increased risk of sexual exploitation and abuse. (Ishan Arora)

Across the globe, nine out of 10 children are in lockdown in their homes as part of the response to the coronavirus pandemic. Schools are closed, social services are disrupted and movement is curtailed as families shelter in their homes.

But for too many young girls, their homes are not safe places. Experience shows that during health emergencies, children—especially young girls—face increased risk of sexual exploitation and abuse. 

We are already beginning to see a rise in domestic abuse during the shutdown, and experts predict that sexual abuse of children, especially young girls, is also going to increase as the crisis continues. 

The Lockdown Leaves Young Girls Vulnerable to Sexual Abuse

As families are confined and young girls…

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