16 Days of Activism for #GBVFree Schools

November 23, 2017

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Building off the momentum and achievements during the 2016 campaign to ‘Make Education Safe for All!’ the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence  Campaign will continue to hold a focus on schools under the theme, “Teachers, Schools and Safe Spaces for Teaching and Learning: The imperative to end SRGBV.”

The Global Working Group to End School-Related Gender-Based Violence, (SRGBV), a coalition of 40 agencies working to end SRGBV, are therefore pleased to join the 16 Days campaign and to raise awareness on SRGBV and the urgency with which we must address it.

What is School-Related Gender-Based Violence?

School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV) stems from deeply rooted gender norms and stereotypes, systemic inequalities and unequal power dynamics. SRGBV can take the form of psychological, physical and sexual violence against boys and girls in and around and while on the way to and from schools. Globally, an estimated 246 million girls and boys are harassed and abused in and around school every year.

16 Days of Activism to #EndSRGBV

This year, the Global Working Group to End SRGBV will highlight the critical role teachers play in ending School-Related Gender-Based Violence during the 16 Days Campaign. The Global Working Group calls on development actors, governments, education unions, donors and stakeholders to commit to ending SRGBV by investing and engaging in teachers and unions to address violence in educational settings.

Schools provide an important enabling environment that has the potential to transform young minds and children’s lives, yet considerable work remains to be done to make schools safe, and to bring together governments, development actors, communities, teachers, education unions and boys and girls to end school-related gender-based violence, in all its forms.

Get Involved!

There are 4 easy ways you can follow along from 24th November -10th December and help us promote our campaign to make schools and learning environments #GBVFree for everyone!

1.     Re-tweet. Follow our  Twitter campaign under the hashtags #GBVFree #16DaysofActivism #EndSRGBV;

2.     Re-blog. Check out our blog here, for a range of commentary pieces on SRGBV and safe schools;

3.     Share our resources. Stay tuned to this webpage for the launch of our Call to Action 2017, advocacy tools and materials on SRGBV;

4.     Join the #GBVChat. Tune in to Promundo’s Twitter chat – December 6 8am – 6PM ET on ‘Positive Steps to End Gender-Based Violence in Education and with Education’.




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Education Unions SRGBV

Education Unions Take Action to End School-Related Gender-Based Violence Initiative

Through the Global Working Group to #EndSRGBV Campaign, Education International with UNGEI and Gender at Work launch a series of podcasts highlighting stories from union members involved with the ‘Education Unions Take Action to End SRGBV’ initiative, funded by the Government of Canada.






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Join the #GBVchat hosted by Promundo, December 6th, 8am -4pm ET.


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Alexis Stergakis (@lexistergakis) is the Advocacy and Communications Lead Consultant for the Secretariat for the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI).

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