Safe Spaces for Learning: Teachers Take a Lead to Prevent and End SRGBV
Gender-based violence (GBV) and the fear of GBV is a global phenomenon that knows no geographical, cultural, social, economic or other boundaries. It occurs across all societies and is a major obstacle to achieving gender equality. School-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) – in particular the violence against girls that occurs in and around schools -- continues to be a serious barrier to the right to education and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). While it is impossible to measure the true magnitude of violence against children worldwide, the Global School Based Student Health Survey, estimated that between 20 per cent and 65 per cent of school-aged children reported being verbally or physically bullied in school in the previous 30 days. Between 500 million and 1.5 billion children are estimated to experience violence annually.
It is within this context that the UN Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI) and Education International (EI) have forged a partnership to explore how to support teachers and communities in and around schools to take leadership to address SRGBV. Teachers, school administrators and teachers’ unions are key partners in tackling SRGBV and an important force for protection and change. EI is the global union representing the voices of more than 30 million teachers around the world. UNGEI is a partnership of leading development organizations worldwide that join together to assist national governments to fulfil their commitment to the right to education for all girls and boys.
This aide memoire summarizes the discussions from the consultation and design workshop with partners on 12-13 November 2013 in New York.