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End Gender Violence in Schools

Addressing School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV) to promote safe and supportive learning environments.

A three year collaborative research project (2014-2017) undertaken by a team of researchers at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

The project forms part of the End Gender Violence in Schools (EGVS) initiative led by the United Nations' International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) with support from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and the UN's Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI), in partnership with the IOE.

EGVS combines research, capacity building and knowledge exchange, working closely with governments and national partners in Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Togo, and Zambia.

EGVS aims and initiative phases

The initiative aims to:

  • generate robust evidence needed to foster effective policies and actions around school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV)
  • build evidence to better understand, inform and strengthen the process of policy enactment on SRGBV in Zambia, Ethiopia, Togo and Côte d'Ivoire.

The team at the IOE leads the action research for the initiative.

Phases one and two

First phase involved a rigorous review of global evidence (Parkes et al., 2016), followed by a scoping study in each of the four participating countries.

Building on analysis of this data, phase two has entailed country teams devising and implementing action plans to build evidence and address SRGBV in each national setting.

Findings

Findings from the initiative in these four countries will contribute to global and national debates on how to address SRGBV.

Framing the field: What is SRGBV and why work to eradicate it?

SRGBV is multi-dimensional, and includes physical, sexual and psychological acts of violence against girls and boys in and around schools that have their roots in inequalities, norms, exclusions and stigma within everyday interactions, and in institutions and structures of society.

Effective ways to address SRGBV

While there is increasing recognition of the multiple forms of violence young people experience globally, recent reviews (Leach et al, 2012; Leach et al, 2014; Parkes, J., 2016) have concluded that evidence about effective ways to address SRGBV is lacking.

In particular, the links between different levels of action - from international and national policy and legislation, to district level policy implementation, and to practice and projects on a school or community level - have thus far been inadequately addressed.

Research team
  • Jenny Parkes, Project Principal Investigator, Reader in Education
  • Elaine Unterhalter, Professor of Education and International Development
  • Jo Heslop, Lecturer in Education and International Development
  • Freya Johnson Ross, Research Associate
  • Rosie Westerveld, Research Associate
  • William Nicholas, Research Project Officer

Publications and outputs

Papers and presentations