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Global Learning Symposium: Solutions to end school-related gender-based violence


JOHANNESBURG, 26 March 2019 - A Global Learning Symposium on ending school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is this week being held from 26-28 March in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event is timely in the context of a revitalised global conversation around gender equality, sparked by the #MeToo movement and an increased commitment to make schools safer places.

SRGBV can be defined as acts or threats of sexual, physical or psychological violence occurring in and around schools, perpetrated because of gender norms and stereotypes, and enforced by unequal power dynamics. 

This week’s symposium builds on UNGEI’s commitment to advance the elimination of SRGBV.  It’s a biennial event held by the Global Working Group to End School-Related Gender-Based Violence, co-hosted by UNGEI and UNESCO. The symposium will help delegates, including representatives from ministries of education, civil society, UN agencies, education unions and institutions of research, develop a shared understanding of SRGBV and facilitate the exchange of experiences and ideas on approaches to addressing it.

The symposium is being held in South Africa and brings together delegates from several countries in the Eastern and Southern Africa region that are implementing initiatives to tackle SRGBV and promote gender equality in education. Participants will share strategies, approaches and lessons learned.

Topics to be explored at the symposium include:

-        Strengthening policy and policy implementation on SRGBV at national, district and school levels

-        Working with teachers to create safe learning environments

-        Shifting gender norms, behaviours and practice through innovative classroom programmes

-        Key elements of a ‘whole school approach’

-        Strengthening monitoring and evaluation

About the Global Working Group to End SRGBV

The Global Working Group was created in 2014 to identify and promote best practice in tackling SRGBV, including producing and promoting tools to foster and monitor safe and gender-sensitive school environments where girls and boys can achieve their full potential. The Group has expanded to more than 100 members, representing 45 organisations (including humanitarian actors, civil society organisations, and regional/national offices from the UN).


Learn more about approaches to preventing and responding to SRGBV:

Global Guidance: School-related gender-based violence

A Whole Approach to Prevent SRGBV: Minimum standards and monitoring framework

The #NotMySchool Campaign 


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