SRGBV violates children’s fundamental rights, is a form of gender discrimination, and has wide-ranging consequences for children’s physical and emotional well-being, school performance and attendance and likelihood of experiencing or perpetrating future violence.
School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV) is any act or threat of sexual, physical or psychological violence occurring in and around schools, perpetrated as a result of gender norms and stereotypes, and enforced by unequal power dynamics.
Understanding School-Related Gender-Based Violence
Every child deserves to be safe in school. However, research shows that across the globe students experience high rates of school-related physical, sexual and psychological violence.
This can include teacher-perpetrated abuse, such as corporal punishment or sexual coercion. It can also include peer-perpetrated abuse, like bullying or discrimination. While school environments can enable violence, they also have a critical role to play in violence prevention and response. Schools can serve as protective spaces for children, acting as an important arena for broader social change to end violence both in and out of the classroom.
How is The Big Smile Foundation Putting an End to SRGBV
- TBSF raise awareness and sensitize people on SRGBV.
- TBSF build capacity of teachers, parents, school and community based committees, community structures on SRGBV.
- TBSF conducts Advocacy to end SRGBV.
- TBSF work with school children to build their skills to identify, report and safeguard each other against SRGBV.