Gender-based violence is a continuum, whose foundations can be found in everyday attitudes and behaviours that are often left unchallenged. It describes the violence that targets individuals or groups on the basis of their gender. This includes physical, mental, or sexual harm as well as the threat of this harm and coercion.
“Sexual violence”, “violence against women” and “gender-based violence” are used interchangeably. This violence is a manifestation of historically unequal power relations between men and women and is both a cause and consequence of these ongoing unequal power relations.
Here are some ways to tackle gender-based violence within organizations:
- Educate on a regular basis peers, teachers, and staff on gender equality topics;
Whether it is a 10-minute activity, or a day of workshops, carving out space and time to deliver this learning is crucial and supports students and teachers to become comfortable discussing difficult topics and to become gender-literate. It can be implemented through: Regular conversations, Integrate into the curriculum, regular workshops, and talks;
- Challenge gendered slurs, insults, and stereotypes – avoid and promote non-stereotypical communication free from sexism and gender violence;
- Invest in the development of internal educational policies and GBV precaution methods. Increase the budgeting for the education of personnel on these sensitive topics.
Talks, workshops, resources, CPD training, and parent courses can support teachers and parents in ensuring the next generations are equipped to challenge gender inequality and shape a society free from gender-based violence.
Source: Bold Voices,SecED