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Violence against adolescent girls: trends and lessons for East Africa

South Sudanese Girl(s) participating in COMPASS activities at the IRC Women and Girls Safe Space in Bombassi Refugee Camp, Ethiopia.


Maureen Murphy
Jeffrey Bingenheimer
Junior Ovince
Manuel Contreras

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Date: December 2018

This report study examines the unique experience of adolescent girls by specifically exploring the types of gender-based violence and the drivers of this violence affecting this group within the context of South Sudan, where women and girls experience high levels of gender inequality and subordination. Data for this study was collected as part of the research program of the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls (‘What Works’) Consortium funded by the government of the United Kingdom (UK)’s Department for International Development (DfID). Through this programme, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the Global Women’s Institute (GWI) at the George Washington University and CARE International UK conducted a mixed-methods study in five locations in South Sudan. Secondary analysis of this data set focusing on the experiences violence against adolescent girls (aged 15-19) was supported by the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) consortium. Quantitative data focused on adolescent girls residing in the Juba Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites and the town of Rumbek. Qualitative data from the five study locations (Bentiu PoCs, Juba City, Juba County, Juba PoCs, Rumbek) was used to supplement the quantitative data.

Suggested citation

Murphy, M., Bingenheimer, J., Ovince, J. and Contreras, M. (2018) ‘Violence against adolescent girls: trends and lessons for East Africa’, The Global Womens Institute. London: Global Women’s Institute.

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