A 13-year-old Ethiopian girl who is forced to drop out of school and marry a 39-year-old man and then becomes pregnant. The 12-year-old child domestic worker Amani who is exploited by a Kenyan family where she is being sexually abused. The Cambodian Chan who has been trafficked by a broker to Malaysia using a fake ID, where she is forced to work as a maid. These are only three examples of the many girls from developing countries who do not go to school to improve their future prospects, but are victims of violence and economic exclusion.
The Girls Advocacy Alliance is an initiative of Plan Netherlands, Defence for Children Netherlands-ECPAT and Terre des Hommes Netherlands. The alliance tackles violence against girls and young women and realises (economic) opportunities for them through lobbying and advocacy. Starting January 2016 the alliance is implementing a five-year programme funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The entire programme covers ten countries. Terre des Hommes Netherlands is participating in six countries.