Legal Medicine reported that between January and July 2022, violence against girls exceeded that recorded in 2021. Given this scenario, World Vision recognizes the needs of girls in the country and reaffirms its commitment to work for them.
October 11 has been declared by UNESCO as the International Day of the Girl Child, a date dedicated ten years to understanding and combating gender-based violence, discrimination and reaffirming the rights of girls around the world.
For countries like Colombia, this date represents a special opportunity to combat the high numbers of violence and murders recorded between January and July 2022, as according to Legal Medicine 307 adolescent girls and women lost their lives due to reasons such as murders, accidents and suicides , a figure that already surpasses the 264 recorded in 2021.
Likewise, the non-fatal injury figures published by Legal Medicine in its monthly Child and Adolescent Statistics Bulletin are alarming. It is estimated that in the country in the first half of the year, 15,182 girls were victims of violence: sexual, interpersonal, intra-family, partner and other types of aggression.
In this context, it is also alarming that mechanisms of violence such as so-called vicarious violence (which is instrumental and punitive aggression carried out by the aggressor who seeks to control, punish and abuse the woman by harming her sons/daughters) are not publicly recognized and not included in information centers such as Legal Medicine newsletters.
Faced with this crisis of violence against girls, organizations such as World Vision have identified various mechanisms to address this violence and violation of rights. In this regard, Heidi Arevalo, Strategy and Knowledge Management Manager, mentions:
“Efforts should focus on strengthening community and institutional networks. Early identification of psychosocial symptoms, which is achieved at the school level, as well as solidarity and collective action by the community and religious organizations, reduce the risk of violence.
In addition, Heidi pointed out how institutional capacity must continue to be strengthened to identify violence against girls in a timely manner, where it is important to activate immediate action at the community and institutional level and to make progress in ending all forms of violence.
“We at World Vision remain committed to working with communities, educational institutions and faith-based organizations. As well as working on the public agenda so that regulatory measures are guided by the guiding principle of the best interests of girls and boys,” he said.
In the same vein, UNESCO states that each of its daily actions can contribute to the rights of girls and adolescents, in this scenario actions such as:
Share stories of girls making a difference to provide greater visibility and support; creating pressure to engage government officials, politicians and stakeholders to make targeted investments and efforts to address inequalities and girls’ rights; reaffirming commitments to include women in all sectors; and make personal commitments of interest to generate conversations in social circles about the living conditions of girls.
About World Vision
World Vision is a global development, humanitarian aid and Advocacy (advocacy and mobilization), of Christian principles aimed at helping the most vulnerable girls and boys overcome poverty and experience the fullness of life, without political, religious, racial, ethnic or gender differences. In Colombia, World Vision has had a national presence for 43 years, accompanying the childhood and adolescence of thousands of Colombians, from two approaches: well-being and comprehensive protection with tenderness.