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16 Days of Activism: GBV in schools

08/12/2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm



Slides SRGBV LIDC Seminar 8 December 2021

Every day, children and young people around the world face different forms of physical, sexual, and psychological violence in and around schools. Girls experience sexual advances and coercion from male teachers in exchange for good grades, or they can be abused my members of their community on their way to school. Boys can experience bullying and physical beatings as a ‘rite of passage’ to becoming a man. These types of violence are often tolerated by societies and institutions, including schools. But schools can also be key spaces for protecting young people and preventing violence. This seminar reflects on challenges and potential for research to inform actions in the education sector to support gender-equitable, safe schools.

The 16 days of activism campaign – taking place every year between 25 November and 10 December – call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. As part of the global campaign, LIDC has invited Professor Jenny Parkes from UCL IOE, Sujata Bordoloi from UNGEI and UCL IOE PhD candidate Lucia Quintero to share their research and actions on addressing school-related gender-based violence. The event is free and open to all, but requires registration.

About the Speakers:

Jenny Parkes is Professor in Education, Gender, and International Development at UCL Institute of Education’s Centre for Education and International Development. Jenny’s research focuses on the relationship between violence, gender and inequalities in young people’s lives, and the role of education. Some of her recent projects have been in the field of research into school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) prevention and response, with a particular focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, through innovative partnerships with colleagues working in UN agencies, governments, and NGOs.



Sujata Bordoloi is an Education Specialist and Coordinator of the Global Working Group to End School-Related Gender based Violence, at UN Girls Education Initiative. Sujata has been working in the education sector for more than 15 years on gender equality, violence prevention and access to quality basic education in humanitarian disaster and conflict affected contexts. She led the pilot of the whole school minimum standards in Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone.



Lucia Quintero is a PhD Candidate at UCL Institute of Education and a research consultant on SRGBV with a particular focus on West Africa and Latin America.  Lucia has been working and researching the nexus between education, policy and SRGBV for more than 7 years.  She most recently led the programme “Apprendre en Paix, Eduquer sans Violence” in Côte d’Ivoire and coordinated its evaluation with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


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