Ending School-Related Gender-Based Violence

This series of thematic briefs, which were developed by UNGEI and partners, aims to summarize the latest learning and evidence synthesized from two regional workshops on how best to prevent and address sexual and gender-based violence held in West and Central Africa and East and Southern Africa.

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Violence in schools is widespread and data capturing this phenomenon has improved significantly, raising the importance of school-based violence in both policy and practice. However, most school-based measures of violence tend to focus on the emotional and physical violence resulting from bullying, while sexual violence and the concept of gender-based violence, in general, tend to be under-researched and so less understood. The starting point in this practical series of these six (6) thematic briefs, covering a ‘whole school approach’ squarely addresses this, noting that discriminatory gender norms are one of the key driving factors of violence in schools. Based on evidence generated from West, Central, East, and Southern Africa, these briefs offer grounded guidance bringing a gender lens to the development of prevention and response approaches.

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