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Girls with special needs

Girls have needs, but these are mostly not special needs - merely gender specific needs. Girls with special needs include girls with disabilities, orphans, refugees, internally displaced girls, pregnant girls and teenage mothers. These girls are more vulnerable to violence because of their conditions. School policies on violence against girls should take these special circumstances into account. Efforts must be made to ensure that these girls are also given specialised reproductive health and sex education. Where possible, girls should be trained in specialised self-defence to avoid violation. Girls must never be perceived as special or apart, just because they are girls. Some girls do have special needs due to other, exterior factors.

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