Like gender stereotyping, gender-based and sexual violence starts early in life. Changing adolescent attitudes that are underpinned by stereotypical views of masculine and feminine identities is an important entry point for action. A high percentage of adolescent boys think wife-beating is justified for things like burning the dinner, arguing, going out without telling, neglecting the children or refusing sexual relations. but an equivalent percentage of adolescent girls in some countries share this view.

Girls need protection from gender-based violence, including being subjected to early marriage, exploitation, abuse, and intimate-partner and sexual violence.