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Global Working Group to End School-related Gender-based Violence (SRGBV)

An estimated 246 million girls and boys are harassed and abused in and around school every year. While girls and boys can be both victims and perpetrators of violence, the extent and form differs. Incidents of SRGBV have been recorded in every region and country where it has been studied and cuts across cultures, regions and peoples, across economies and affects boys and girls. SRGBV is a human rights issue and an education issue: a violation of human rights and a serious barrier to learning. It has long lasting consequences on children’s psychological, social and physical wellbeing and affects their ability to learn and stay in school.

In August 2014, a coalition of governments, development organizations, civil society activists and research institutions came together to collaborate on ending gender-based violence in and around schools. The Global Working Group to End SRGBV has been a strong advocate to ensure that schools remain safe places for learning and that girls and boys have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and resources they need to reach their potential.

In 2015, individual and collective advocacy from the Global Working Group has led to significant gains in including discourse on gender based violence and discrimination in schools in two key international development frameworks: 
The Incheon Declaration endorsed at the World Education Forum, Article 8 states: “We recognize the importance of gender equality in achieving the right to education for all. We are therefore committed to supporting gender-sensitive policies, planning and learning environments; mainstreaming gender issues in teacher training and curricula; and eliminating gender based discrimination and violence in schools.”

The Sustainable Development Goals 4a: Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all.

Going forward, the Global Working Group to End SRGBVwill continue to:
• Promote the generation of knowledge, evidence and standards of response
• Undertake global and joint advocacy efforts to highlight the issues around SRGBV and its implications for achieving the SDGs
• Disseminate and make accessible a wide range of tools and resources

The Global Working Group is comprised of more than 30 of the leading international agencies, civil society organizations and institutions promoting girls’ education and gender equality. It is co-hosted by the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) and UNESCO, with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).


For resources on SRGBV please visit UNGEI’s e-resources page and search by theme for 'gender-based violence'.

For more information contact: Sujata Bordoloi,





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