Solutions Summit side event - "Safe: Preventing gender-based violence in and through schools"

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Join us on June 17, 2021, as we explore the latest data and evidence on violence in school settings, and how schools can serve as protective spaces for children. We will call on global leaders to leverage the power of schools to shift gender inequitable norms to end gender-based violence.

As we embark on recovery efforts and opportunities to build back better, schools must provide safe and violence-free learning environments to enable girls and marginalized children to return to school. We know all too well that adolescent girls are often the first to slip through the cracks.

Shaping policies and interventions that protect girls’ right to education is a key to human and economic development and recovery. Millions of girls are at risk of never returning to school, dropping out, being forced into child marriage and subjected to harmful practices like FGM, and experiencing to gender-based violence.

The time to act is now.

Event details

17th June 2021 - 17th June 2021

Join this official Solutions Summit side event to hear from global leaders, experts, and youth activists.

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Dr. Daniela Ligiero, Together for Girls (Moderator)

Dr. Daniela Ligiero is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Together for Girls, a global, public-private partnership dedicated to ending violence against children, especially sexual violence against girls. The partnership includes five UN agencies, the governments of the United States and Canada, several private sector organizations and more than 20 country governments in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, working together to generate comprehensive data and solutions to this public health and human rights epidemic. Dr. Ligiero also serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.

Alice P Albright Global Partnership for Education

Alice Albright, Global Partnership for Education (Keynote speaker)

Ms. Alice P. Albright was appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer of the Global Partnership for Education’s Secretariat in February 2013. Since joining GPE, Ms. Albright has strengthened the position of GPE to be a major delivery agency of the Sustainable Development Goals agenda.

Leslie MacLean, Global Affairs, Canada

Leslie MacLean, Global Affairs, Canada (Keynote speaker)

On Friday, December 6, 2019, the Prime Minister appointed Leslie MacLean as Deputy Minister of International Development, effective Monday, December 9. Prior to this appointment, Ms. MacLean was chief operating officer for Service Canada from July 2016 until December 2019. From 1995 to 2016, she served Canadians in a range of other leadership roles in the public service, including associate deputy minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada from 2014 to 2016 and assistant secretary, Social and Cultural Sector, with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) from 2011 to 2014.

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Dr Chloë Fèvre, Safe to Learn

Dr. Chris Jones, CDC

CAPT Jones serves as Deputy Director of the CDC Injury Center where he provides strategic policy and scientific direction for the Center’s work on injury and violence prevention. CAPT Jones received his Bachelor of Science from Reinhardt College, his Doctor of Pharmacy from Mercer University, his Master of Public Health from NYMC, and his Doctor of Public Health in Health Policy from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Dr Chloë Fèvre Safe to Learn

Dr. Chloë Fèvre, Safe to Learn

Dr. Chloë Fèvre is the Director of the Safe to Learn Global Initiative, a Coalition of 14 global partners dedicated to embedding violence prevention in Education systems worldwide. Chloë has dedicated her professional life to the rights, education and safety of girls and boys. Prior to becoming Safe to Learn Director, she worked in Multilateral Development Banks (the World Bank and the IADB) focusing on mainstreaming violence prevention in the development agenda. She has a PhD from UCL, UK.

Dipak Naker Raising Voices

Dipak Naker, Raising Voices

Dipak is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Raising Voices, a non-profit organization based in Uganda that has been working since 1999 to prevent violence against women and children. At Raising Voices, Dipak leads the work on preventing violence against children (VAC). He has steered the creation, evaluation and scale-up of the Good Schools Toolkit, an intervention aimed at preventing VAC at schools. This evidence informed intervention has reached more than 1000 schools and will soon become available to every school in Uganda. Dipak has designed an award winning multiyear, multimedia campaign for preventing violence against children in Uganda. He has also served as a co-principal investigator on several large-scale research projects and co-authored more than 25 peer reviewed articles.

Sophie Sandberg, Chalk Back

Sophie Sandberg, Chalk Back

Sophie Sandberg is a gender justice activist, chalk artist and founder of the popular initiative against street harassment, Catcalls of NYC. She leads Chalk Back, an international youth-led movement consisting of 150 “Catcalls of” sites around the world. Her work with Catcall of NYC and Chalk Back has been featured in the New York Times, BBC, CCN, Cosmopolitan, and NBC. She is an inaugural fellow of the Vital Voices and Tresemme Leadership Incubator for young women. She has presented her work to students at Juilliard University, Pratt University, Plan International’s Youth Leadership Academy, The Think Peace Workshop for Girls, and YouthBridge Munich.

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LeAnna Marr, USAID

LeAnna Marr, USAID

Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator LeAnna Marr oversees DDI’s Center for Education. Previously, Ms. Marr served as the Director of the Center for Education in the Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation at USAID. As a USAID Foreign Service Officer since 2004, she has served as Education Office Director and Program Officer in Guinea, South Sudan, Sudan (Khartoum) and Macedonia, and was the Program Officer and Acting Mission Director of USAID/Morocco. From 2007 to 2010, LeAnna served as USAID’s Senior Education Advisor in the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs.

Antara Ganguli, UNGEI

Antara Ganguli, UNGEI

Antara Ganguli is the Director of UNGEI, the UN initiative for girls’ education. Previously she led gender equality for UNICEF India where she advised and supported 13 field offices on gender-based violence, gender-transformative pedagogy and positive masculinity. Previously she was the Deputy Representative for UN Women in Bangladesh. Antara started her career as a primary school teacher for children of sex workers. She has a M.A. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University.

Martha Muhwezi, FAWE

Martha Muhwezi, FAWE

Ms. Martha Muhwezi is the current FAWE Africa Executive Director providing leadership to 34 National Chapters in 33 countries in Africa. She is a Gender and Development specialist with more than 20 years of experience in the civil society sector nationally, regionally and internationally. She holds a Master’s degree in Women Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Gender Studies at the University of Nairobi.

Eyleen Menchú Tuy, Las Niñas Lideran

Eyleen Menchú Tuy, Las Niñas Lidera

Eyleen is an 18 year old feminist activist from Guatemala. She is a member of the girl-led Network Las Niñas Lideran Quetzaltenango- Rise Up. Her work focuses on addressing gender based violence in and around schools. She is the lead of the SRGBV working collective for Transform Education, hosted by UNGEI.

We must accelerate action for gender equitable, quality education in safe learning environments

The Generation Equality Forum in Paris and Global Partnership for Education replenishment conference mark two moments in which governments and development stakeholders can make concrete commitments to shape policy and make investments to build back better.

Governments and development stakeholders can and should embrace these moments for what they are: opportunities to build on progress made and accelerate action for girls.