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December 3, 2015
#16Days – For Young Girls in Malawi, Putting School Ahead of the Wedding Altar

In April, President Peter Mutharika of Malawi signed into law the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act of 2015. Among its provisions was the outlawing of child marriage, and the establishment for the first time of the age of 18 …View More  > 

December 2, 2015
#16Days – The Road to Equitable, Violence-free Quality Education is paved with…Gender-Sensitive Teaching

There is ample evidence to show that second only to students’ own efforts, teachers are the most important school-based factor for ensuring successful student learning. The right to education, therefore, can only be enjoyed by every child if teachers receive …View More  > 

December 1, 2015
#16Days – What we teach matters: improving educational content and curricula

This blog post will highlight 1) the importance of a curriculum that is gender-sensitive or gender-aware, 2) gendered assumptions about curricula that are harmful to women, and 3) an example of a curriculum challenging oppressive social norms. Recently, Michelle Obama …View More  > 

November 30, 2015
#16Days – Every tool a useful tool: Educators’ professional codes of ethics and the struggle to end violence in and around educational settings

A code of professional ethics is the cornerstone of quality teaching that lays the foundation of mutual trust between educators and students, and frames educators’ professional duty of care towards their students. As such, educators’ professional codes of ethics are …View More  > 

November 29, 2015
#16Days – Overcoming School-Related Gender-Based Violence: Creating an Evidence Base to Inform Policy and Programming

Key points: – School-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) affects children everywhere, but more research is needed to inform the design of successful interventions and capture attention of international education stakeholders. – The U.S. Agency for International Development’s new OASIS program aims …View More  > 

November 28, 2015
#16Days – La France et la lutte contre les VGMS : les actions de plaidoyer et de terrain se renforcent

L’école, faut-il le rappeler, doit être le lieu privilégié du respect, de la promotion de l’égalité entre les sexes et des droits des enfants. Elle a vocation à être le socle des transformations sociales portées par les jeunes générations. Elle …View More  > 

November 27, 2015
#16Days – Protecting Children from Violence, a priority in the international agenda

Call to Action to Governments #3: “Establish safe and effective child-friendly reporting mechanisms and multi-sectoral response services for SRGBV that are clear, proportionate and consistent with the Convention on the Rights of a Child (CRC)” For the very first time, …View More  > 

November 26, 2015
#16Days – Calling on governments for a sustainable response to SRGBV

“I feel like disappearing from the world if a person who is supposed to protect me, instead destroys me”. (15-year-old girl from Uganda). Some 246 million girls and boys around the world are harassed and abused in, around or on the way to …View More  > 

November 26, 2015
#16Days – From resolution to execution – ending school based violence starts with government action

STEP 2 in the 16 STEPS to end School Related Gender Based Violence, is for Governments to adopt comprehensive, gender-responsive, multi-sectoral action plans to eliminate SRGBV, including the enactment of laws that explicitly protect children from all forms of violence …View More  > 

November 25, 2015
School-Related Gender-Based Violence impedes gender equality

This blog was originally published on the EFA GMR website on 25 November 2015.  Today marks the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, coordinated by the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative. This year’s theme, From …View More  > 

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