Issues of equality between boys and girls often remain confined to specific sectors, such as access to education or the prevention of sexual violence. The IBCR aims to broaden the discussion and promote the importance of personal development among girls and their contribution to social progress.

How do we do it?

Participation of girls

Valorisation filles p2Children have the right to express their opinions and play an active role in their own lives. Since the Convention on the Rights of the Child introduced the concept of children as full subjects of law in 1989, the IBCR has worked to make the participation of girls an integral part of the broader efforts to fully implement children’s rights. By emphasising the involvement of girls in the overwhelming majority of its programmes, the Bureau ensures that female voices, experiences and ideas for the future are heard and valued. For example, girls participated actively in the project planning and execution of the IBCR’s comparative analysis of violence against children in the school systems of Lebanon, Morocco and Yemen, as well as the production of the country profiles in the Middle East and North Africa.

Gender equality

One of the organisation’s goals is to ensure that equality between boys/men and girls/women is taken into consideration in the various documents produced by the IBCR (assessments, training kits, reports, etc.). With this in mind, the Bureau is currently developing modules dealing with gender equality, sexual abuse or sexism. The IBCR is also developing modules on how to analyse violations of the rights of girls and boys, as well as on how to research data broken down by sex. In a spirit of continuous improvement, the IBCR also organises internal training sessions on gender equality to ensure that this approach is adopted in all of its projects.

Combating early and forced marriages

As part of the fight against early and forced marriages, the IBCR promotes international discussion on programming and policy experiences addressing this issue. A round table discussion was organised with support from Global Affairs Canada to give civil society experts and employees from the government agency a chance to share lessons learned from their efforts to fight early and forced marriages, honour crimes and other harmful practices against girls.

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