From November 25 (International End Violence Against Women Day) through December 10 (International Human Rights Day), USAID joins the international community for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.
Around the world, 246 million children experience gender‐based violence at or on their way to school every year. A report released by the United Nations Human Rights Council noted that attacks on schools occurred in at least 70 countries between 2009‐2014, and that approximately 3,600 attacks against schools, teachers and students were recorded in 2012 alone.
And those are the numbers we know. The truth is that gender‐based violence in schools is happening in every country in the world right now. It is a global phenomenon preventing children, especially girls, persons with disabilities, the LGBTI community and other marginalized groups from accessing a safe, inclusive and quality education.
This year the global theme for the 16 Days Campaign is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All”. Whether it’s creating safe spaces for kids to learn and play, strengthening laws to protect them, or training teachers to give them the support they need to thrive, we’re working to ensure that girls and boys, and women and men can realize their universal human right to education. Find out how USAID is reducing gender‐based violence; child, early and forced marriage; and trafficking in persons.
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This year, USAID will spotlight 16 teachers, students, leaders and activists around the world who have triumphed over gender‐based violence and/or are helping to ensure all students have a safe place to learn and thrive. Follow their stories on Instagram and Medium.