Education Unions Take Action to #EndSRGBV

December 1, 2017


Launched in 2016 the ‘Education Unions Take Action to End SRGBV’ initiative engaged seven education unions across five countries and aims to enhance the unions’ and union members’ capacity to contribute to ending school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV).

With support from the Government of Canada, the programme was jointly designed by the UN Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI), Education International (EI) and Gender at Work, and provides a unique opportunity for the unions to test, replicate and disseminate innovative approaches to union action in addressing violence in and around schools in Zambia, Uganda, South Africa, Ethiopia and Kenya.

The programme has provided insight into key challenges and uncovered valuable examples of effective union practices and evidence of behaviour change. It has also highlighted the powerful role that education unions can play in addressing gender-based violence, and increasing the safety and security of male and female children, youth and teachers in educational settings.

Education #UnionsSpeak to #EndSRGBV 

Education International, UN Girls Education Initiative, Gender at Work and the Government of Canada are proud to present, ‘Education Unions Speak!’  - a multimedia series featuring videos, podcasts, and interviews from education unionists working towards the elimination of gender-based violence in and around schools in 7 African countries.

Launching globally today, December 1st, during the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence campaign, ‘Education Unions Speak!’ presents a series of reflections on the unique challenges and emerging effective practices undertaken by education unions to address and eliminate gender-based violence in Zambia, Uganda, South Africa, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Unionists share stories of individual behaviour change, navigating violence in and around schools with police and communities, and engaging teachers and union leadership in the effort to end SRGBV.

Why education unions are key in the fight against School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV)

When equipped with adequate resources and support, education unions are uniquely positioned to address SRGBV through their members and in partnership with key stakeholders in their communities and beyond at all levels.  Investment in unions to support the piloting of contextually specific approaches and trainings has proven to successfully initiate positive behaviour change among teachers and within schools and communities, resulting in safer schools and improved learning outcomes for all students.

Join us to raise the voice of education unions!

Education unions and teachers need your help to amplify their voices to make schools safe for all:

FOLLOW us on Twitter under the hashtags #UnionsSpeak #EdUnionsSpeak  #EndSRGBV

WATCH our YouTube Channel for short interviews with teachers and unionists  sharing personal journeys and challenges from across from eastern and southern Africa.

LISTEN to podcasts covering conversations on challenges with gangsterism in the western cape of South Africa, to partnering with the media in rural Zambia and more. 



The Education Unions Take Action to End SRGBV Initiative and Education Unions Speak!
series is made possible with the support of  the UN Girls’ Education Initiative, Education International, Gender at Work and Global Affairs Canada. Partnering teachers’ unions from southern and eastern Africa include,  
Uganda National Teachers’ UnionThe Ethiopian Teachers’ AssociationThe Kenya National Union of TeachersZambia National Union of TeachersThe Basic Education Teachers Union of ZambiaNational Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South AfricaThe South African Democratic Teachers’ Union 
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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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