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SDDirect report for Plan UK on the links between Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Violence Against Women and Girls
The links between Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) are assessed in a recently published research report by SDDirect for Plan UK, that looks at examples of best practice and shares recommendations to civil society, donors, and national governments.
The research, which included a global literature review as well as qualitative fieldwork in Cambodia and Uganda, finds compelling evidence that CSE can be seen not only as part of a quality education, but also as part of a holistic approach to preventing VAWG. However, more evidence on ‘what works’ in changing attitudes on gender equality and reducing VAWG as part of CSE delivery is needed.
Based on findings the report presents four key pathways to change linking CSE to prevention and response of VAWG:
- Pathway 1: Promote gender equitable attitudes among young people, including attitudes towards VAWG.
- Pathway 2: Improve young people’s life skills.
- Pathway 3: Transform attitudes of the wider community, including duty bearers.
- Pathway 4: Improve reporting and response to VAWG.