This thematic policy brief aims to seek and secure commitment from regional and national leaders to urgently prioritize and invest consistently in the protection of girls, who are disproportionately exposed to multitude forms of violence and their devastating consequences. It provides evidence and raises concerns of girls’ vulnerability to combined and complex risks that are further intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This brief is primarily intended for regional policy-makers and duty-bearers responsible for regulating, planning and resourcing protection of all children. It offers a set of recommendations to guide policy and investments across the Asia Pacific region to ensure gender-responsive, effective and well-resourced measures to protect all children, and particularly girls. Similarly, it is meant to provide inputs into national level policy making, budgeting and planning across the region to increase and strengthen recognition and integration of the gendered dimensions of violence, both during and after the pandemic.