Highlights from the Solutions Side Event - Safe: Preventing Gender-Based Violence in and Through Schools

On June 17, Together for Girls and partners hosted a Solutions Summit side event, Safe: Preventing Gender-Based Violence in and Through Schools. The event was convened with UNGEI and Safe to Learn, in collaboration with Global Affairs Canada, USAID, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the Global Partnership for Education, the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), the Malala Fund, and the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. Global leaders, experts, and youth activists shared the latest data on violence in school settings and highlighted school-based interventions for catalyzing broader social change to end violence.

 

During the event, participants were invited to sign a global call to action calling for gender-equitable, quality, and safe learning environments. The letter, drafted by Together for Girls, Safe to Learn, UNGEI, and other partners, flags the importance of working to build back better and create stronger, safer learning environments for all children.

Note that you can watch the above recording with English, French, and Spanish subtitles.

Prior to the event, Together for Girls released a policy brief exploring the gendered dynamics of corporal punishment in schools. The brief highlights findings from our secondary analyses of the VACS with CDC and AidData, supported by USAID and Global Affairs Canada, exploring the intersection between gender, experiences of and attitudes toward corporal punishment and its consequences. 

It provides a series of recommendations for further research and considerations for policy and program development to prevent corporal punishment in schools. But there is an opportunity to build back better to ensure that all children have access to quality education and safer, more equitable learning environments, and that we use schools to interrupt long-standing cycles of violence.

The event’s first panel focused on using data to drive evidence-based solutions to prevent violence in and around school settings. The second panel centered on bringing solutions to scale, sharing learnings from across sectors. Click the tabs below for key insights from the discussion.

cdc logo 1 - Highlights from the Solutions Side Event - "Safe: Preventing Gender-Based Violence in and Through Schools"CDC: “What’s so remarkable is that the Violence Against Children Surveys are the first time that a country understands the prevalence of violence, how pervasive it can be around certain populations, and what has to be done in order to accelerate progress in violence prevention.”

 

safe to learn logo - Highlights from the Solutions Side Event - "Safe: Preventing Gender-Based Violence in and Through Schools"Safe to Learn: “If we want to improve learning, we need to pair it with safe learning environments. They go together … It’s very important to have data to highlight what has been invisible for too long in the education sector.”

raising voices logo - Highlights from the Solutions Side Event - "Safe: Preventing Gender-Based Violence in and Through Schools"Raising Voices: “The education sector needs to own the problem of violence against children at school …We must address the experience of children in school because the outcomes have implications in every sphere of a child’s life and ultimately everyone’s life, as schools shape what types of citizens are introduced into our communities.”

 

chalk back logo 1 - Highlights from the Solutions Side Event - "Safe: Preventing Gender-Based Violence in and Through Schools"Chalk Back: “Gender-based violence is so normalized. Oftentimes, girls who report their stories to us might not recognize that they’re facing gender-based violence. If you give them a statistic, they might not recognize that they’re part of that statistic.. Whereas with ChalkBack, if we tell them someone’s story, then they’re able to open up and see their own experience in that story and build a sense of community and solidarity.”

usaid logo - Highlights from the Solutions Side Event - "Safe: Preventing Gender-Based Violence in and Through Schools"USAID: “We’re working to get girls into what essentially is male-dominated systems … policymakers, principals, school directors, the inspectors all tend to be male… We must encourage more women and folks of gender and sexual minorities into positions of leadership within the education system. That will cause policies to change more rapidly and we’ll see schools addressing gender-based violence in the classroom.”

 

ungei logo - Highlights from the Solutions Side Event - "Safe: Preventing Gender-Based Violence in and Through Schools"UNGEI: “We can do more to work on gender-based violence and violence against children within schools and around schools. , Not just looking at the conceptual level, but also using the space of schools, the pedagogy, mandatory in-service training, and teacher orientations, which every government  for, to really raise questions on harmful gender stereotypes that lead to violence.”

fawe logo - Highlights from the Solutions Side Event - "Safe: Preventing Gender-Based Violence in and Through Schools"FAWE: “Our comprehensive scholarship program supports girls to get into school. Many drop out due to early pregnancy and forced marriage or other harmful cultural norms. Our model builds the capacity of the girls and boys, enabling them to for their own rights. It builds their self-esteem, their leadership, and gives them skills to positively think about themselves.”

 

las ninas logo - Highlights from the Solutions Side Event - "Safe: Preventing Gender-Based Violence in and Through Schools"Las Ninas: “SRGBV must be treated as a human rights abuse and it must end. We invite all key stakeholders to partner with feminist youth networks to be co-creators and co-leaders in ending SRGBV. Continue working in this intergenerational way because this motivates youth leaders and I hope that we can motivate you.”

Leslie MacLean, Deputy Minister of International Development, Global Affairs Canada

Alice Albright, CEO, The Global Partnership for Education

Dr. Chris Jones, CDC

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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

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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

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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

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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.

LeAnna Mar, USAID

LeAnna - Highlights from the Solutions Side Event - "Safe: Preventing Gender-Based Violence in and Through Schools"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 - Highlights from the Solutions Side Event - "Safe: Preventing Gender-Based Violence in and Through Schools"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 - Highlights from the Solutions Side Event - "Safe: Preventing Gender-Based Violence in and Through Schools"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 Lidera

Eyleen - Highlights from the Solutions Side Event - "Safe: Preventing Gender-Based Violence in and Through Schools"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.

Dr. Daniela Ligiero, Together for Girls

daniela - Highlights from the Solutions Side Event - "Safe: Preventing Gender-Based Violence in and Through Schools"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.

Leslie MacLean, Global Affairs, Canada

Leslie MacLean - Highlights from the Solutions Side Event - "Safe: Preventing Gender-Based Violence in and Through Schools"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.

Alice Albright, Global Partnership for Education

Alice Albright - Highlights from the Solutions Side Event - "Safe: Preventing Gender-Based Violence in and Through Schools"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.

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