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December 22, 2015
Natta, 11 years: “I wish everything would be as it was before”

By Harandane Dicko and Cindy Cao Natta Walet Aliou, lives in Kidal in northern Mali. She was only 8 years old when the armed conflict broke out. Across the country, people in her region suffered greatly as a result of …View More  > 

December 10, 2015
#16Days – Youth as Partners in Combating School-Related GBV: Improving Education and Livelihoods in Uganda

The theme of this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is ending school-related gender-based violence. Violence and abuse in and around schools affects approximately 246 million girls and boys every year. School-based gender-based violence can take the …View More  > 

December 10, 2015
#16Days – “We need protection and safe schools.” Nancy reflects on SRGBV in Sierra Leone

As part of Plan International’s Project, interviewing Millennium Children about School Related Gender Base Violence (SRGBV), I discovered that this is a prevailing issue affecting girls’ education and their lives in general in Sierra Leone. The perpetrators are mostly male …View More  > 

December 9, 2015
#16Days – Empowering the Entire Community to End School-related GBV

As the 16 Days of Activism draw to a close, this blog space has shared many valuable lessons and recommendations from the actors – civil society organizations, educational and government institutions, donors, and researchers – who will have much to …View More  > 

December 8, 2015
#16Days – Learning Amidst Hardships: Teenage Pregnancy and Schooling in Sierra Leone

With one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in the world, being a girl in Sierra Leone brings with it enormous challenges and risks. According to the 2013, DHS up to 28% of girls aged 15-18 years had been …View More  > 

December 7, 2015
#16Days – Preventing gender-based violence in schools in Asia-Pacific

Key points: – Education has a pivotal role in preventing and eliminating gender-based violence and in fostering gender and social norms that promote equality, respect, peace and social cohesion. – The East Asia and Pacific United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative …View More  > 

December 6, 2015
#16Days – Violence at home, violence at school: New analysis finds the effects multiply for children

We have long known that children who witness violence at school are more likely to use violence later as adults (for men), and to be victims of intimate partner violence (for women). This holds true for those who experience violence …View More  > 

December 5, 2015
#16Days – Linking Communities and Governments to End SRGBV. The Role of the CSO

- CSOs provide a link between policy developers and community actions – With a collaborative blend of programmes, advocacy and research, organizations such as Plan International are able to achieve transformative change in the lived realities of girls – SRGBV …View More  > 

December 4, 2015
#16Days – Learning more than just studies or Learning to be (non) violent : A focus on recognizing and addressing gender based violence in schools

…. when the teachers are angry, they scold us and pull our hair. Sometimes teachers touch our body. They beat on our back, although not badly. They don’t touch sensitive parts as we sit at the corner…(but) they pull the …View More  > 

December 4, 2015
#16Days – What the evidence says we’re getting wrong on school violence

Call to Action to researchers #10: “Conduct wide-ranging research to contribute to a strong evidence base and address the gaps in knowledge on the drivers, risks and cultural contexts of SRGBV, including children marginalized by poverty, ethnicity, language, caste, disability, …View More  > 

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