What will it take to support education unions to end school-related gender-based violence?
Schools should be places of learning and growth. Yet, there's mounting evidence that gender-based violence is rising in our learning institutions. School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV) affects families and communities.
Teachers are often the perpetrators of gender-based violence in schools, be it for giving corporal punishment or for predatory sexual behaviour. But, teachers can be instrumental in transforming classrooms and the cultures of schools.
That process of transformation has begun.
Through the Education Unions Take Action to End SRGBV initiative, education unions are sharing their understanding and experiences about SRGBV. The project is the brainchild of the UN Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI), Education International (EI) and Gender at Work. It aims to boost the capacities of teacher unions to fight school-related gender-based violence by systematically testing, replicating and disseminating innovative approaches at multiple levels within their respective contexts.
The LRS Gender Programme supports seven teacher unions involved in the project in Africa to include SRGBV in union gender policies and to develop policies for safe schools. We are committed to mentoring unions in South Africa, Zambia, Ethiopia, Uganda, The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Ghana as they continue this important work and strive to sustain their safe schools policies.
Key project contact: Nina Benjamin