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Global Guidance on School-related Gender Based Violence (SRGBV)

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In March 2015, SDDirect was commissioned by UNESCO to develop comprehensive global guidance on SRGBV. Senior experts from our team worked with UNESCO, the UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Education and School Health, and UN Women to produce a guidance note that is a comprehensive, one-stop resource on SRGBV.

From early 2016, it will be available in hard copy and as an expanded online version at www.endvawnow.org

An estimated 246 million girls and boys suffer from school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV). It is one of the most systematic, pervasive human rights violations in the world and includes different manifestations of physical, sexual and/or psychological violence, such as verbal abuse, bullying, sexual abuse and harassment, coercion and assault, and rape. These different forms of SRGBV often overlap and reinforce each other.

SRGBV is a global phenomenon that cuts across geographical, cultural, social, economic, ethnic, or other boundaries. While girls and boys can be both victims and perpetrators of violence, the extent and form differs.

SRGBV is a major obstacle to the achievement of gender equality, has long lasting consequences on children’s psychological, social and physical wellbeing and affects their ability to learn and stay in school.

In 2014, a global partners working group was established under the leadership of UNGEI and UNESCO to bring together a coalition of governments, development organisations, civil society activists and research institutions committed to ending gender-based violence in and around schools.

The group identified a series of priority actions that would help to shift the local, national, and global response to SRGBV, including the need to draw together lessons and good practices to form the basis of a set of strategic recommendations for expanded efforts.

To this end, the global partners working group, under the overall direction of UNESCO, the UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Education and School Health, and UN Women, commissioned SDDirect to develop clear, knowledge-based operational guidance on SRGBV.

The Global Guidance on SRGBV provides policy and programming guidance, promising practices case studies, and recommended tools for the education sector and its complementary actors working to eliminate gender-based violence.