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Protective effects of education against sexual violence

Wednesday, February 15, 2017  
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Protective effects of education against sexual violence
Innocenti Update #2/2017

What role does education play in protecting girls from sexual violence?

Sexual violence against women and girls is widespread globally. In their lifetime, one in three women will experience intimate partner physical or sexual violence and 7 per cent will experience forced sex by someone other than an intimate partner.This study finds protective effects of educational attainment against lifetime experience of sexual violence among women in Uganda, but not in Malawi. Further, in our pathway analyses, we find large impacts on delaying marriage in both countries. These results suggest that policies aimed at increasing educational attainment among girls may have broad-ranging long-term benefits.


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