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School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV): 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence 2015

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16 Day of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, 2015 

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Coordinated by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University, the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign kicks off its 24th year on 25 November with the theme, “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All.”

An estimated 246 million girls and boys are harassed and abused in and around school every year. School-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) can take the form of psychological, physical and sexual violence against boys and girls in and around and while on the way to and from schools.

The Global Working Group to End SRGBV is a group of more than 30 partners advocating for all schools to be free from gender-based violence. The Global Working Group are pleased to join the16 Days campaign and to raise awareness on SRGBV and the urgency with which we must address it.

Daily Blog Series - Partner Entries

Day 1: Step 1 in the 16 STEPS to end school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is for UN Agencies and Member States to recognize that SRGBV is an important barrier to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Futures free from gender-based violence: Fulfilling the right to education of every child everywhere - By Sujata Bordoloi, UNGEI

Day 2: Step 2 in the 16 STEPS to end school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is for Governments to adopt comprehensive, gender-responsive, multi-sectoral action plans to eliminate SRGBV, including the enactment of laws that explicitly protect children from all forms of violence and the provision of specific budget allocations for the implementation and dissemination of plans

From resolution to execution – ending school based violence starts with government action - By Louise Banham, Global Partnership for Education

Calling on governments for a sustainable response to SRGBV - By Joanna Herat, UNESCO

Day 3: Step 3 in the 16 STEPS to end school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is for Governments to establish safe and effective child-friendly reporting mechanisms and multi-sectoral response services for SRGBV that are clear, proportionate and consistent with the Convention on the Rights of a Child (CRC)

Protecting Children from Violence, a priority in the international agenda - By Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General of Violence against Children

Day 4: Step 4 in the 16 STEPS to end school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is for Donors to prioritize and expand financing to support programs addressing SRGBV, particularly among under-served, marginalized populations as well as prevention programs that address non-violent conflict resolution, shifting harmful gender norms, power inequalities and dynamics

La France et la lutte contre les VGMS : les actions de plaidoyer et de terrain se renforcent - By Julie Maraval, Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Développement International (France)

Day 5: Step 5 in the 16 STEPS to end school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is for Donors to provide funding for formative and action research, program and policy evaluations to build the evidence base and good practice on SRGBV in the global south; particularly its impact on psychological and physical well-being and learning achievement, effective interventions, prevalence, reporting and inclusion in education sector planning

Overcoming School-Related Gender-Based Violence: Creating an Evidence Base to Inform Policy and Programming - By Oren Whyche-Shaw, USAID

Day 6: Step 6 in the 16 STEPS to end school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is for Ministries of Education, school administrators and education unions to adopt a code of professional ethics that explicitly addresses SRGBV and is to be observed by all members; enforce school-based reporting and response protocols for educators, support personnel and managers, including the appointment of ‘focus’ educators as a first point of contact for children who experience violence

Every tool a useful tool: Educators' professional code of ethics and the struggle to end violence in and around educational settings - By madeleine kennedy macfoy, Education International

Day 7: Step 7 in the 16 STEPS to end school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is for Ministries of Education, school administrators and education unions to ensure that education content, including curricula, textbooks, pedagogy and classroom practices are gender-sensitive and promote peace and gender equitable norms and attitudes, including through comprehensive sexuality education.

What we teach matters: improving educational content and curricula - By Global Women's Institute

Day 8: Step 8 in the 16 STEPS to end school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is for Ministries of Education, school administrators and education unions to strengthen pre- and in-service teacher education programmes to make them gender-sensitive and
improve and boost the capacity of educators to promote gender equitable norms in their educational practice

The Road to Equitable, Violence-free Quality Education is paved with…Gender-Sensitive Teaching - By madeleine kennedy macfoy, Education International

Day 9: Step 9 in the 16 STEPS to end school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is for Ministries of Education, school administrators and education unions to partner with civil society actors to advocate for the protection of students and staff alike within educational settings, especially in the context of war and armed conflict

For Young Girls in Malawi, Putting School Ahead of the Wedding Altar - By Lincoln Ajoku, Concern Worldwide

Day 10: Step 10 in the 16 STEPS to end school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is for researchers to conduct wide-ranging research to contribute to a strong evidence base and address the gaps in knowledge on the drivers, risks and cultural contexts of SRGBV, including children marginalised by poverty, ethnicity, language, caste, disability, religion, refugee status, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity

What the evidence says we’re getting wrong on school violence - By Stephanie Psaki, Population Council

Learning more than just studies or Learning to be (non) violent : A focus on recognizing and addressing gender based violence in schools - By Nandita Bhatla and Pranita Achyut, International Center for Research on Women

Day 11: Step 11 in the 16 STEPS to end school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is for NGOs, civil society and the international development community to drive a global movement, together with men and boys, communities and stakeholders to eliminate SRGBV and promote access to schools as violence-free, safe spaces for learning, for all educators and students

Linking Communities and Governments to End SRGBV.  The Role of the CSO - By Mary Bridger, Plan International

Day 12: Step 12 in the 16 STEPS to end school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is for NGOs, civil society and the international development community to expand programming to address SRGBV by educating and empowering communities and stakeholders at all levels, establishing multi-sectoral coordination, fostering community participation and the voices of boys and girls; and integrate SRGBV into other initiatives on HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, violence prevention in schools, humanitarian response and peacebuilding, children’s rights, gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment

Violence at home, violence at school: New analysis finds the effects multiply for children - By Alexa Hassink and Ruti Levtov, Promundo

Day 13: Step 13 in the 16 STEPS to end school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is for NGOs, civil society and the international development community to develop and disseminate evidence-based program guidance, tools and monitoring and evaluation mechanisms which demonstrate how to address SRGBV effectively

Preventing gender-based violence in schools in Asia-Pacific - By UNGEI East Asia and Pacific

Day 14: Step 14 in the 16 STEPS to end school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is for NGOs, civil society and the international development community to advocate with governments, donors and education authorities for the fulfilment and protection of children’s rights to access formal and non-formal learning environments that are safe and free from violence; and recognise that SRGBV often increases in conflict affected countries and during emergencies

Learning Amidst Hardships: Teenage Pregnancy and Schooling in Sierra Leone - By Amy Folan, Concern Worldwide

Day 15: Step 15 in the 16 STEPS to end school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is for Communities to unite to end harmful social and cultural beliefs that give rise to violence against girls and boys in schools; end harmful practices; and strengthen reporting and response mechanisms within communities and educational institutions

Empowering the Entire Community to End School-related GBV - By Tim Harwood, MenEngage

Day 16: Step 16 in the 16 STEPS to end school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is for Girls and Boys to stand up and be recognized as change-makers. Raise your voices to act against SRGBV and demand safe and secure school environments for all girls and boys around the world

“We need protection and safe schools.” Nancy reflects on SRGBV in Sierra Leone - By Nancy, Member of Plan International's Youth Advisory Panel

Youth as Partners in Combating School-Related GBV: Improving Education and Livelihoods in Uganda - By Barbara Kemigisa 



 

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