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3 reasons why “girls on the move” are not the same as boys

Photo: EPA-EFE / Mohammed Saber

3 reasons why “Girls on the move” are not the same as boys

Girls on the move are often not considered separetly in migration policy and programs. Often, they are just lumped together with “unaccompanied minors” or “children migrants”. However, this lack of gender analysis hides the unique situation and experiences of girls migrating, and usually renders their specific problems and needs invisible. Girls on the move are not the same as boys, for three specific reasons:

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Our “girls on the move” in Serbia: their stories

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Our “girls on the move” in Serbia: their stories

In Serbia, there are also many “girls on the move” – by which we mean girls and young women who are migrating from their home countries. Girls on the move are not usually the priority for policymakers and their stories often go unheard. However, their experiences are crucial for us to understand what happens at the intersection of women, migrant and child’s rights.

Who are our “girls on the move”?

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Despair as a compass

Despair as a compass

Photograph: Predrag Mitic

"We know from the experience of our organization that smuggling often ends up with violence, extortion, and often debt bondage and exploitation, and in there we also see a link with human trafficking. Despite the fact that the victim gave consent to the smuggler to take her across the border, she hasn’t consented to violence and exploitation This is where we start thinking about when the volunteering in entire process stops”.

Author: Momir Turudic

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Girls on the move are among the bravest and strongest girls in the world

Photo: Piroshki Photography

Girls on the move are among the bravest and strongest girls in the world

"No one should deny or deprive a girl of her rights, and we all must fight for that! You, and I, and all the persons we do and don’t know. We need to reach everyone with this message and pass it on. Only when everybody becomes aware of that will we be one step away from creating a world that is more just and tailored to the girls needs," said 16-year-old Gulzar from Afghanistan, on the occasion of World Children's Day.

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Terms of Reference for the Lecturer to conduct workshops on the subject of Child Trafficking within the migrant population

Photo from the conference: Risks of trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual and other exploitation of children and young refugees and migrants in Serbia, NGO Atina and Save the Children, May 2019

Published on November 18th 2019   

Training place: Bihac, Bosnia and Hercegovina    

Project title: Children are not for sale

Project is carried out by NGO Atina, and Center for Youth Integration, with the support of Save the Children and Swedish Radio Aid

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