March 11, 2015
Gender-based violence in school settings is having a damaging impact on the education of millions of children across the world according to a new paper released today at the Commission on the Status of Women by the Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report, UNESCO and United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI).
“During the 20 years since the Beijing Declaration on women’s empowerment was adopted, we’ve seen increased activity and interest in stamping out gender-based violence. But gender based violence in and around the classroom has largely been invisible,” said Nora Fyles, Head of the UNGEI Secretariat. “The elimination of school-related gender-based violence cannot be left to chance. National governments with civil society and other development partners must do more to protect children and prosecute perpetrators if quality, inclusive education for all is to be achieved.”
School-related gender-based violence (SRGBV), which includes verbal or sexual harassment, sexual abuse, corporal punishment and bullying, can result in increased absenteeism, poor performance, school dropouts, low self-esteem, depression, pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections such as HIV, all of which have a detrimental impact on learning and wellbeing.