On the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, the American Center for Justice (ACJ) calls for protection for girls in conflict countries in the Middle East

October 11th marks the International Day of the Girl Child, which was chosen as an occasion to remind and fulfill the rights of young girls, care for them, solve the problems they face and protect them from all violations.

On this occasion, the American Center for Justice (ACJ) recalls the complex conditions experienced by girls in the Middle East, including violence, neglect, marginalization, deprivation of education and health, harassment, sexual assault, forced labor, forced labor, pre-pubescent and forced marriage. Girls in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Libya are also affected by wars, turbulent security conditions and existing conflicts with sect, regional or ethnic justifications.

These conditions impose restrictions on girls that prevent them from easily obtaining education and medical treatment, practicing their hobbies, knowing their scientific tendencies and interests, acquiring experiences, developing capabilities, and integrating into society. In addition, these conditions represent an environment for the practice of many types of violations previously mentioned against them.

Education is one of the most successful and appropriate ways to empower girls and protect them from violence, exploitation and social marginalization. It is the best way to give every girl the real opportunity to choose her way of life and work, and to form herself and her family, and help her family and society. However, education in the Middle East, especially in conflict countries, has deteriorated, its systems have deteriorated, it has been razed, and millions of children have been deprived of it, and girls represent the largest proportion of those deprived of it.

The American Center for Justice (ACJ) finds it an opportunity to recall the need for concerted efforts to end gender-based violence, girls’ access to regular formal education, skills and experience, effective participation in all available activities, health, support and protection at home, on the street, schools, various institutions and in the community generally.

The Center calls on the existing governments and authorities in all the countries concerned to improve access to quality primary and secondary education and life skills, to make education equally compulsory for males and females without discrimination, and to impose sanctions on all parties and individuals that impede girls’ access to their rights to education and health under any justification.

(ACJ) calls on the international community to actively contribute to supporting free and compulsory education in the countries of the region. It stresses the need to provide full protection for girls from all violations they are exposed to in the home or society, and hopes to promote a culture of gender equality, and to combat the culture of discrimination and gender supremacy.

In addition, the Center calls for an end to wars and conflicts in the region, because of their significant and devastating impact on the human rights situation, especially the violations, violence, deprivation and exclusion of girls.

On this occasion, the American Center for Justice (ACJ) recalls the case of the multiple violations of the 17-year-old girl, Amira Ali, in the Bait Al-Faqih district of the Yemeni governorate of Al-Hodeidah, under the control of the Houthi group, which led to her death in the prison of the District Security Department as a result of arrest after she had given birth, losing the right to conduct a judicial investigation until this moment about the circumstances of what she was exposed to, and her and her family’s claim that she was raped and got pregnant by an influential educational figure in the District in November 2021.

The Hodeidah Public Prosecution had issued a decision not to file a criminal case temporarily, and to release the accused on the grounds of insufficient evidence, without waiting for the medical report to be issued and the investigations completed, and without paying attention to the fact that the presence of a “newborn” is sufficient to prove the case, as forensic medicine provides the possibility of proving the child’s lineage through DNA testing.

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