Study: addressing school-related gender-based violence

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Study: addressing school-related gender-based violence

04 October 2013

Concern Worldwide commissioned this study to review and address school-related gender-based violence. It looks at best practices and effective interventions.

Below is an excerpt from the study, which can be read in full by clicking on the link below.

This review has been commissioned by Concern Worldwide to learn from the experiences of others in addressing school related gender based violence (SRGBV). SRGBV has become highlighted as an important arena for prevention and intervention in the education sector but there is little collected intelligence to date on best practice, what constitutes an effective intervention and how this can be measured.

Concern has adopted a ‘holistic’ approach to its interventions, by incorporating activities to address violence in its programmes of broad support to basic education and intervening at every level of the system to maximise the opportunity for long term system-wide change. It has also adopted a gender-based approach to understanding and addressing violence in schools.

Only three of the agencies that responded to our enquiries have implemented projects that adopt Concern’s multi-level gender-based approach and have been systematically monitored and/or evaluated. The agencies are: Actionaid, USAID and Plan International. Other agencies, e.g. Save the Children, UNICEF, International Rescue Committee, have adopted the same holistic approach as Concern but have chosen to identify separate categories of violence, such as physical, sexual, psychological and emotional, rather than use a gender framework to underpin analysis and intervention.

Three projects implemented by the above three agencies form the basis of this review, supplemented by four other projects providing supporting or additional information. All but one of the seven projects diverge in their approach from Concern’s holistic model in that they target SRGBV quite narrowly. This more targeted approach with specific outcomes and tools to measure impact on SRGBV offers fertile ground for drawing lessons about good practice.

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Study: addressing school-related gender-based violence

Concern Worldwide commissioned this study to review and address school-related gender-based violence. It looks at best practices and effective interventions.
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