Engaging Communities in Dialogue on Gender Norms to Tackle Sexual Violence in and Around Schools
The purpose of this technical note is to:
- explain how gender norms shape sexual violence, and why it is critical to incorporate dialogue and action on gender norms in SRGBV interventions, and
- identify promising approaches to addressing gender norms within programs aimed at ending SRGBV, and sexual violence in particular.
A growing body of literature documents the range of approaches to addressing SRGBV, such as adopting a whole school approach or facilitating girls' clubs, however this paper will be limited to approaches engaging communities to address gender norms that underlie sexual violence. It aims to be a resource for organizations who work in, or are planning to implement programmes on SRGBV primarily at the district and sub-national level. Some of the learning can also be applied to inform national education policy around gender and violence. This document synthesizes evidence from research publications linked to two projects–UNICEF-led End Gender Violence in Schools and ActionAid-led Stop Violence Against Girls in Schools in Ghana, Kenya and Mozambique.