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"It is Very Painful to Talk About”: The Impact of Attacks on Education on Women and Girls
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
New York | 2019 | 74 p.
Holly Cartner
Corporate author: 
Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA)
Asia and the Pacific

This report presents the key findings of GCPEA’s multi-country study on the impact of attacks on education on women and girls.10 GCPEA’s research focuses on the types and causes of abuse most typically committed against female students in the context of attacks on education, and the long-term consequences that female students may face as a result of such attacks.11 GCPEA initiated this study to contribute to a better understanding of the implications for girls and women when education is attacked and to inform our advocacy for better strategies to protect girls and women, prevent attacks and abuse, and diminish harmful consequences against them.
This report relies on previous GCPEA research, including Education Under Attack 2018 and 2014, and updates, and the organization’s field research in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, which focused specifically on the experiences of women and girls when education is attacked. In addition, the report draws from interviews with numerous country and regional experts and an extensive review of secondary data sources, including reports by United Nations (UN) agencies, development and humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs), human rights organizations, government bodies, and think tanks, including numerous contributions from GCPEA’s member organizations.


Resource Type: 
Case studies and research papers
Human rights / Human dignity
Preventing violent extremism
Level of education: 
Primary education
Secondary education
Higher education


Violence; Sexual violence; Girls education; Right to education