June 15, 2016
Written by Global Women’s Institute (GWI) at the George Washington University
This post originally appeared on the Global Women’s Institute’s website. Reposted with permission.
The international community is becoming increasingly aware of the prevalence of violence within schools, but has very little rigorous research on the drivers of violence. Similarly, while violence prevention programs exist in schools around the world, there is only minimal evidence to suggest what methodologies are effective at preventing violence against children in schools and engaging the larger communities in which this violence is perpetrated
Futures without Violence, in partnership with GWI, hosted its second annual Open Square Summit: Safe Passage on April 28, 2015. The Summit focused on gender-based violence (GBV) as an impediment to women and girls’ education. GWI produced a policy brief for the Summit that provides a concise overview of select school-based interventions that aim to prevent VAWG or improve knowledge and attitudes that perpetuate VAWG.
GWI has joined a School-related Gender-based violence (SRGBV) Group: headed by the United Nation Girl’s Education Initiative (UNGEI). The goal of the group is to “strengthen coordinated, collaborative, accelerated and expanded global, regional and country-level responses aimed at eliminating school-related gender based violence.” The group works collaboratively on research, global standard, and advocacy related to SRGBV.
This brief is made possible through the generous support of the Australian Government Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).