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Launch of 16 Days of Activism to End School-Related Gender-Based Violence

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Kicking off its 25th year from 25 November – 10 December, the 16 Days of Activism to Against Gender Based Violence Campaign this year focuses on the theme, “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All.”

The Global Working Group to End School-Related Gender-Based Violence, (SRGBV), a coalition of 40 agencies working to end SRGBV, are therefore pleased to join the 16 Days campaign and to raise awareness on SRGBV and the urgency with which we must address it.

What is School-Related Gender-Based Violence?

School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV) stems from deeply rooted gender norms and stereotypes, systemic inequalities and unequal power dynamics. SRGBV can take the form of psychological, physical and sexual violence against boys and girls in and around and while on the way to and from schools. Globally, an estimated 246 million girls and boys are harassed and abused in and around school every year.

16 Days of Activism to #EndSRGBV

This year, the Global Working Group to End SRGBV is using this 16 Days of Activism to highlight achievements made towards ending SRGBV, and the opportunities for action that the SDG agenda provides. The Global Working Group calls on governments, donors and stakeholders to commit to ending SRGBV by investing and implementing strategies and interventions that address violence in educational settings.

Schools provide an important enabling environment that has the potential to transform young minds and children’s lives, yet considerable work remains to be done to make schools safe, and to bring together governments, development actors, communities, teachers, education unions and boys and girls to end school-related gender-based violence, in all its forms.

How you can participate

There are 4 easy ways you can follow along from 25th November -10th December and help us promote our campaign to #EndSRGBV to make schools safe for all!

  1. Re-tweet. Follow our daily #16facts16days Twitter campaign under the hashtag #16DaysofActivism #EndSRGBV;
  2. Re-blog. Check out our blog here, for a range of commentary pieces on SRGBV and safe schools;
  3. Share our resources. Stay tuned to this webpage for the launch of our Call to Action 2016, advocacy tools and materials on SRGBV;
  4. Join our Twitter chat. Tune in to our Twitter chat – December 2nd 10.30am EST for a discussion on, ‘The role of multi-sectoral partnerships in ending SRGBV’.

Communications teams can access and join the campaign Trello board here for a list of daily materials, or for further information on this campaign please contact astergakis@unicef.org


 

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