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4 Ideas To Stop Violence Against Girls: A Walking School Bus, Sports Talk And More

The World Bank and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative are betting on local solutions to protect girls and women from abuse.
Schoolgirls walk home from school in a rural area in Southern Natal Province, South Africa. Source: Per-Anders Pettersson

What's the best way to protect girls and women from being bullied, beaten and sexually assaulted?

The truth is, we don't really have a lot of evidence.

Although gender-based violence affects 35 percent of women worldwide, it's a "substantially neglected" area of research, according to the Sexual Violence Research Initiative, a South Africa-based group. That's why, together with the World Bank, they are investing in new ideas and solutions to find the best ways to fight it.

In April, the groups awarded $100,000 each to 11 creative projects from low- and middle-income countries. That includes a "walking bus" from South Africa — adult chaperones who accompany children on their long walks to school — and a sports-themed gender equality workshop for teens in Papua New Guinea.

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