Conflict, refugee crises, and poverty pose great dangers for teenage girls. We know that the proportion of child marriages among Syrians is four times higher today compared to before the war. In Nigeria teenage girls have been used as sex slaves and suicide bombers for Boko Haram. When these girls return to their communities, they are exploited while limited in their opportunities for education. In this lecture, we want to raise the awareness of teenage girls in crises and conflicts, their vulnerability and needs – and what the international community does and should do to meet the needs of this forgotten group. We will look deeper into three modern crises, and see them from a teenage girl’s perspective. Our goal is to broaden the image of humanitarian disasters and show one of the greatest humanitarian challenges we face.
Mikael Wiking is a Program Manager for humanitarian work at Plan International, based in Stockholm. He has worked for various NGOs in crises and conflicts around the world, including in Haiti, Liberia and Myanmar. Mikael has his Master’s Degree in social sciences and Humanitarian assistance (with a focus on peace and conflict studies) and graduated from Uppsala University 2006.
Time: 6:15-7:30 PM
Place: Hörsal 2, Ekonomikum
Admission: Free for members, 60 kr for non-members. A one-year membership can be purchased at the event for 100 SEK.
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In collaboration with Folkuniversitetet.