International campaigns aimed at increasing access to schooling worldwide have led to unprecedented numbers of children attending school in recent years. As more students attend school, what happens in and around schools becomes more of a concern. Students experiencing harm on the basis of their sex is emerging as a systemic form of violence and this violence is having an adverse effect on students’ learning experiences and their health and well-being. Estimates indicate that almost half of all female students and a sizable number of male students experience some form of sexual violence in the educational context. An unknown number of students are subjected to physical and psychological forms of gender-based abuse such as corporal punishment and bullying. This technical brief explores the prevalence of school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) in its various forms and its implications for young people’s education and health.
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