When one woman is abused, exploited or denied, all of humanity is debased. - UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman, International Women's Day, 8 March 2006
The ‘Violence Study’
On 11 October 2006, the UN General Assembly will consider the findings and recommendations of the UN Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Children, a global effort to paint a detailed picture of the nature, extent and causes of violence against children, and to propose clear recommendations for action to prevent and respond to it.
The Study focuses on the nature and extent of violence against children in five settings: the home and family; schools and educational settings; other institutional environments (orphanages, children in conflict with the law); and in the workplace, and the community and on the streets.
Giving children access to education of the highest quality can be an important protection against violence. The reality for many millions of children, however, is that violence in and around their place of education makes it difficult for them to get to and from school, to learn effectively while in school, and to remain in school long enough to reap all the benefits of education.
Whether perpetrated by adults or children, violence in schools often reflects a ‘hidden curriculum’ that perpetuates gender inequality and stereotyping.
Leading advocate of girls’ education murdered in Afghanistan
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, vigorously condemned the murder of Afghan women’s rights defender and leading advocate of education for girls, Safia Ama Jan, who was gunned down outside her home in Kandahar on 25 September. Mr. Matsuura also announced that UNESCO would conduct a study on violence against education personnel to better understand the extent of the phenomenon, identify areas where educationalists are most at risk and look at what can be done to improve their safety and security. The published study will be dedicated to the memory of Ms. Ama Jan.
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The UN Secretary-General Study on Violence against Children used the discussion forums on Voices of Youth to get ideas from young people about how we can take real action to prevent and end this violence. See some of the highlights.