Though we have seen impressive gains in access to education in the last 15 years, we know that millions have been left behind both inside and outside the classroom. And yet a good quality education, from early childhood through upper secondary, is crucial to achieving the collective vision for a sustainable future set out in the draft sustainable development agenda AND the individual visions of a better future held by millions of girls around the world.
School-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is defined as acts or threats of sexual, physical or psychological violence occurring in or around schools and educational settings as a result of gender norms and unequal power dynamics between genders. It includes acts of bullying, sexual or verbal harassment, physical violence, corporal punishment, non-consensual touching, rape and assault and structural violence amongst others.
Experiencing violence in schools can negatively impact girls’ enrollment as well as the quality of the education they receive. Evidence suggests that sexual harassment is widespread in educational settings in many parts of the world. For example, one study in Brazil found that 8% of students from 5th to 8th grade had witnessed sexual violence within the school environment.
Engendering Men - A Collaborative Review of Evidence on Men and Boys in Social Change and Gender Equality
‘Engendering Men: Evidence on Routes to Gender Equality’ (EMERGE) is a two-year project to build an open repository of accessible evidence and lessons for working with boys and men to promote gender equality.