“... life-skills and educational approaches around issues of gender, relationships and power have been used to address physical and sexual violence against women. Effective treatment and counselling can do much to reduce the risk of suicide or the potential for further physical and psychosocial harm associated with other forms of violence.” - Dr. Lee Jong-wook, WHO Director-General 2003-2006, Lima, 12 March 2004
Children’s voices contribute to the drafting of a national life skills framework in Botswana
January 2007 – A national life skills framework has been drafted in Botswana that incorporates the view of all relevant stakeholders, including those who are hard to reach. Lessons learned from youth and life skills programming in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) clearly demonstrate the need to put much more emphasis on a full partnership with young people in planning and implementing interventions aimed at changing their lives.
In Botswana, efforts have been made to engage more strongly with young people, and ‘Telling The Story’ is one project that informed the development of the national life skills framework. Telling the Story is supported by the Botswana chapter of the Girls’ Education Movement, a grass-roots initiative that promotes equality in education throughout Africa. The project provides students with an opportunity to talk about challenges, help them work on solutions under the mentorship of other young adults, and introduce them to professional women who can serve as role models.
GirlsEd-Net launches second eDiscussion on Life Skills
UNGEI launched its second online discussion this month on the theme "Life Skills Education and the EFA Movement". The purpose of this discussion is to increase our understanding of effective life skills approaches and their application to various issues such as gender, HIV and AIDS, violence and sustainable development. The forum seeks to gather input to the EFA Mid-Decade Assessment, especially EFA Goal 3.
To further ensure that the real needs of young people are taken into account, children's views have been solicited in UNICEF's Voices of Youth, through online discussions and polls.
The fifty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 26 February to 9 March 2007. In accordance with its multi-year programme of work for 2007-2009, the Commission will consider “The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child” as its priority theme.