Give us a chance: National study on school-related gender-based violence in Sierra Leone

Case Studies & Research
Concern Worldwide
Catholic Relief Services
Plan Sierra Leone
94 p.

The main objective of the study is to contribute to efforts aimed at enhancing children's access to quality basic education and strengthening protection against GBV in and on the way to school. The study seeks to generate reliable data and information on causes, forms, victims and perpetrators of GBV within the school settings, which will inform advocacy and the design of appropriate interventions to reduce incidences of GBV and its impact on educational outcomes. The report is compiled on the basis of the findings of the quantitative and qualitative surveys and complemented through extensive reviews of legal, policy and other related documents. It explores the magnitude of SRGBV in its various forms, reviews the legal and policy frameworks put in place to provide protection, assesses attitudes to and perceptions of gender roles and equality and their contribution to the perpetration of the problem. The report is organised into eight chapters. This introductory chapter provides information on the objectives of the study, methodology and tools used for data collection. The following chapter (chapter 2) sets the context: it highlights the state of GBV and reviews legal and policy frameworks put in place to provide protection against it. Chapter 3 presents the results on gender norms and attitudes, gives an insight into the level of awareness about child rights and highlights perceptions among pupils on safety issues while commuting to school. Chapters 4, 5 and 6 show the findings in detail on physical, sexual and psychological violence, respectively. Chapter 7 briefly discusses actions and responses to the incidences of school-related violence. The last chapter (chapter 8) provides conclusions on the basis of the main findings and outlines key.

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