The Safe Schools Program: a qualitative study to examine school-related gender-based violence in Malawi

Case Studies & Research
United States Agency for International Development, USAID
103 p.

The Safe Schools Program has just released A Qualitative Study to Examine School-Related Gender-Based Violence in Malawi which summarizes the results of a participatory learning and action (PLA) research activity conducted in Malawi's Machinga District to help raise awareness, involvement, and accountability at national, institutional, community and individual levels of school-related gender-based violence. Key findings include: the concept of gender-based violence is not clearly understood , boys and girls are victims as well as perpetrators of gender-based violence, corporal punishment is the most commonly cited form of physical abuse in schools, absenteeism and dropping out are common outcomes of gender-based violence in schools, and with strong leadership reporting systems can be effective. The study was conducted in October and November 2005 by DevTech Systems, Inc. and the Centre for Educational Research and Training through the USAID-funded Safe Schools Program. Additional information available at:

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