The existing evidence-base on the nature and prevalence of school-related gender-based violence, and effective interventions to prevent it, are insufficient. A dearth of consensus on the impact of school-related gender-based violence remains a challenge for education and gender equality advocates, practitioners, and policymakers alike. However, existing research does suggest a relationship between experiences of school-related gender-based violence and learning outcomes, absenteeism, and retention.
Additionally, there exists enough data across settings to compel action. This data elucidates the short- and longer-term consequences of the impacts on children and youth who witness and experience violence–including gendered violence.
There is an imperative to not only ensure school environments are safe, but to leverage educational settings to address and transform the social norms that drive violence. In turn, there is an urgent need to understand effective interventions to address school-related gender-based violence, both to facilitate the scale up of approaches that work and, in concert with prevalence and impact data, to inform effective advocacy.