World’s biggest girls’ campaign targets school violence
A major new push as part of the world’s biggest girls’ rights campaign is set to tackle violence in an around schools.Children’s charity Plan UK is calling for greater protection for students globally as part of its flagship Because I am a Girl work.The charity vowed to act as research reveals nearly half of girls (47 per cent) flag safety concerns on the way to school.
“School should be a safe place, but for millions of girls worldwide, that’s not the case,” says Plan UK CEO, Tanya Barron.
“We’re calling on the public to help us raise awareness of violence in and around school, and to support our work around the world to tackle the attitudes that allow such violence to occur.”
“Help us ensure that every girl can learn without fear.”
Plan U.K‘s Because I am a Girl campaign has reached 58 million girls worldwide to date, including work to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation and child marriage.
Violence in school can take many forms – physical or sexual, verbal or psychological and affects girls across the globe.Gender inequality can underpin bullying and harassment, leading to school drop outs with 62 million girls currently out of education.So pressing is the problem, the UN has enshrined gender equality in its Sustainable Development Goals.
Plan U.K provides quality education for girls and boys across Asia, Africa and Latin America.The charity also runs workshops for boys and young men to teach them about the importance of treating girls with respect.Plan’s multi-media campaign includes hard-hitting, impact films created and produced by Marmalade Film and Media, featuring three stories of school attacks on girls.Short documentary films also feature real-life stories of girls in Kenya and Cambodia who have experienced different forms of school violence.
- 62 million girls worldwide don’t go to school – violence is one of the reasons why.
- This school year alone, 246 million girls and boys will be affected by violence at school worldwide.
- Violence in school can take many forms – physical or sexual, verbal or psychological and affects girls across the whole globe – including in the UK. Especially for girls, violence at school can mean fear of going to the toilet, of harassment through male teachers and male pupils, of verbal discrimination and often simply being afraid on the journey to and from school.
- Worldwide, an estimated 150 million girls have experienced sexual violence – much of it takes place at school.
- Through Plan U.K‘s Because I am a Girl campaign, we want to see a world in which girls can realise their rights, including to a safe, secure and fulfilling education and to a life free from violence.
Plan UK believe that school should be a safe place, and every girl has the right to learn without fear. That’s why this strand of our Girl’s Rights Campaign will focus the UK public’s attention on raising their voices for girls, and spreading the message about violence against girls in and around schools.
Our hard-hitting short film aims to raise awareness of the plight of girls who experience violence in and around schools, whether it be physical, sexual, verbal or psychological.
Want to learn more and join the campaign? Read more over at Plan UK Because I’m A Girl- #learnwithoutfear