While conversations continue around police reform, experts weigh in on what that could mean for survivors of sexual violence, particularly if funds were directed towards support and healing services. Meanwhile, solutions are continuing to emerge that support girls during COVID-19; in Malawi, for example, where more than 40% of girls marry before 18, mentorship programs are encouraging girls to stay in school. For students who are heading back to school, UNICEF shares a glimpse of what that looks like for students in different countries, from Côte d’Ivoire to Lao PDR, including measures like hand washing stations, temperature checks, and more.
To read more, see below for five news stories that caught our attention this week:
NBC News, (August 2, 2020): This article discusses how the “defund the police” movement could offer sexual assault survivors a different path for justice, as reclaimed police funds could be used for services that have a proven record of helping survivors with support and healing.
NPR, (July 27, 2020): This article spotlights organizations like Camfed and Plan International that are providing mentorship programs in Malawi to help encourage girls to stay in school.
UNICEF, (July 24, 2020): This article gives a glimpse of what returning to school looks like for students in different countries, including measures like hand washing stations, temperature checks, and more.
Soft Power, (July 22, 2020): This article highlights how the Uganda Youth and Adolescents Health Forum (UYAHF) implemented an Every Hour Matters training, where more than 40 participants from different parts of the country were trained on the importance of accessing post-rape care.
Reuters, (July 31, 2020): This article explains how COVID-19 is causing an increased risk of abuse and pregnancy to girls in Latin America, which, along with the Caribbean, recorded the second-highest global rate of teenage pregnancies before COVID-19.