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Plan International; Save the Children (2020)   CC

Asia is home to more than half of the world’s 1.1 billion girls. Gender inequality in many parts of the region means that girls are often systematically disadvantaged and oppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. Girls’ development is hampered by child, early and forced marriage and high adolescent pregnancy rates. Across the region, genderbased violence against girls and women constitutes a serious and widespread rights violation, particularly with regard to domestic violence, marital rape, and trafficking in women and girls. Emerging data shows that since the outbreak of COVID-19, violence against girls and women, particularly domestic violence, has intensified

gender aspects,  gender-based violence (GBV),  girls,  violence against women and girls,  child protection,  child marriage,