Everyone has the right to live without fear. Unfortunately, violence against girls and women is a global issue, impacting communities around the world. Gender-based violence can be verbal, physical, psychological or sexual, but whatever the form, the effect of it is harmful and a violation of a girl’s basic rights.
For millions of girls around the world, violence can often take place in the institutions we trust most to protect and nurture them – schools. This is called school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) and refers to violence in and around schools, for instance on the walk to and from school, or in the classroom.
School-related gender-based violence can come in a number of forms, including:
- Sexual violence
- Physical and psychological violence
Violence in school is a global issue
In Plan’s 2012 report, A Girl’s Right to Learn Without Fear, bullying, teasing, and physical and sexual violence were found to be major barriers to girls accessing their right to an education. The consequences of school-related gender-based violence can be long-lasting, and include issues with health (STDs, HIV infection, unwanted early pregnancy), psychological suffering, poor performance in school, absenteeism and high dropout rates.
Fear of gender-based violence from students and even teachers prevents girls from attending school and makes their parents more likely to remove them from school early