Does Keeping Adolescent Girls in School Protect Against Sexual Violence?
A study conducted by the New York University and UNICEF examine the relationship between educational attainment in adolescence on young women’s lifetime experience of sexual violence in Malawi and Uganda.
Keeping girls in school results in a number of benefits for young women; however, protects against lifetime experience of sexual violence only in Uganda. It is possible that overall higher grade attainment, particularly at secondary school levels is driving this effect in Uganda. More research on this relationship is needed, as well as on effective interventions, particularly those which can be taken to scale related to enhancing the quality and quantity of education.