Through this Policy Framework, the Department of Higher Education and Training is creating an enabling environment for the eradication of gender-based violence (GBV) and instil respect, protection, promotion and fulfilment of human rights. The Policy Framework intends to assist institutions to address the occurrence of GBV and to provide a monitoring instrument to assess the implementation of the Policy Framework. The scope of the Policy Framework is the entire national post-school education and training system – institutions and organisations, including universities, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges and community education and training (CET) colleges, as well as skills providers, but not at the schooling sector. The Policy Framework applies also to all students, whether full-time or part-time, residential or online, as well as all staff of institutions and organisations. The Policy Framework also addresses all forms of GBV, inclusive of sexualised violence and harassment, as well as intimate partner violence (IPV). While women are most frequently the victims of these particular forms of GBV, the Policy Framework recognises that men are also subject to these harms, as well as LGBTQI individuals.
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