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Why youth leadership is central to efforts to prevent school-related gender-based violence | #schoolsaftey

It takes more than learning from each other to make a difference. We must build a community of practice looking at what actions are being taken, and what we, learners and young people, stand to gain from these actions, how to empower youth to take up our space and assert our capabilities to address SRGBV as it is happening within our own contexts.

It is our hope that young people are more included at all levels of consultation, convening and engagement on data and analyzing evidence. We are activists at the forefront of advocating the use of a gender lens to ensure focused, inclusive, collective data and evidence representative of our lived experience.

We need a gender-transformative approach, breaking down harmful gender stereotypes, understanding the key roles not only ours as youth, but also the roles of teachers, school administrators, stakeholders, and governments to be able to achieve a safe and equitable learning environment that each learner and young person deserve.

UNESCO thanks the contributions from Transform Education (TE) to this article, highlighting the voices of youth who participated in a Learning symposium on SRGBV hosted by UNESCO and UNGEI under the aegis of the Working Group to end SRGBV. TE, a coalition of youth-led networks and young activists hosted by longstanding UNESCO partner, UNGEI, has been an essential convening partner in highlighting the significance of youth leadership in SRGBV action.

As co-convenors of the Working Group, UNESCO and UNGEI have launched a new brief entitled: School violence: Why gender matters and how to measure school-related gender-based violence.

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