Taking action: gender-based violence in and around school in Swaziland and Zimbabwe

Case Studies & Research
134 p.

This report maps out a plan of action - action spaces - for addressing gender-based violence drawing from fieldwork in Swaziland and Zimbabwe in the last quarter of 2003. While there are a number of sectors that can play a major role in working to combat gender-based violence, the education sector is of particular importance. As long as girls are denied their rights to safe and secure environments for living and learning, universal access to quality education cannot be guaranteed. Once in schools, girls often confront a wide range of factors that prevent them from participating in learning activities and achieving learning outcomes comparable with those of boys.It is for this reason that this report focuses on taking action against gender-based violence in and around schools. It explores how the development of training materials, community dialogue, reporting mechanisms and other outputs can contribute to child-friendly schools that are rights-based and therefore protective to both girls and boys. The Child Friendly School framework is used to draw on the success of other processes such as the Girls' Education Movement (GEM) that facilitate child participation in the development of strategies to fight gender-based violence. A number of action points are recommended, including teacher development and parent and community participation. All these partners have a particular need to access tools and resources that will assist them to ensure the full participation of young people in addressing gender-based violence in and around schools.

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