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SDG4a mandates that every child should be able to learn in a safe and non-violent environment, yet for far too many children around the world school is not a safe place. Evidence suggests that violence in schools—particularly toward girls—is a relatively common phenomenon. Together for Girls (using VAC surveys) estimate that almost one third of girls in Kenya and a quarter of girls in Nigeria experience sexual violence before age 18. School-related gender-based violence is a violation of human rights; a barrier to gender equality; and has serious consequences for health, psychological well-being and educational performance.
This event will examine the challenge of violence in schools and will provide evidence and solutions from the perspective of different organizations working to eliminate it.
Karen Devries, Associate Professor, London Schools of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine