Preventing Gender-Based Violence - 16 Day Activism campaign
UNESCO joins forces with UNGEI and partners in a 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. Starting on 25 November and ending on 10 December, Human Rights Day, it focuses on education and school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV), making schools safe environments that foster and encourage learning and empower girls and women.
SRGBV is defined as acts or threats of sexual, physical or psychological violence occurring in and around schools, perpetrated as a result of gender norms and stereotypes, and enforced by unequal power dynamics. It is one of the obstacles towards equitable and inclusive education for all as it perpetuates bias and discrimination inside the classroom. One of the most effective ways to end SRGBV and violence against women is through education.
Recognizing this, the Global community put the importance of gender equality at the heart of the Incheon Declaration. Declaring “therefore committed to supporting gender-sensitive policies, planning and learning environments; mainstreaming gender issues in teacher training and curricula; and eliminating gender based discrimination and violence in schools.” This was further reinforced through the Education 2030 Framework for Action (FFA) which outlines how to translate into practice the Declaration at country, regional and global level and provides guidance for implementing Education 2030. The FFA offers a strategic approach on ‘Emphasizing equity, inclusion and gender equality’. It recognizes that gender equality in education is more than parity in access to education at all levels and recommends that education systems act explicitly to eliminate gender bias and discrimination.