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Workshop on capacity building and planning to address school-related gender-based violence.

Dakar, 10th of February 2017 - The UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office in Dakar will organize a Workshop on capacity-building and planning to address school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV), in partnership with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, UNICEF, Plan International, UNFPA, UN Women and KOICA, in Dakar from the 14th to 17th of February 2017.

The Global Education Monitoring Report estimates that 246 million students may be exposed to harassment or assault and that about 60 million girls (29 million boys) are either sexually abused on their way to or within school grounds each year. This data highlights the omnipresence of school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) against children. SRGBV partly explains the difference experienced between girls and boys in the completion of their primary education as well as their transition to and completion of secondary education.

In West and Central Africa (WCA), gender parity scores are the lowest for both primary education (0.89) and secondary education (0.81) and teenage pregnancies between the ages of 15 to 19 remain at 128 births per 1000. It is therefore difficult for children and young people, especially girls, to fully exercise their rights to safe, inclusive and quality education in the region.

In this context, UNESCO supports national responses to SRGBV through several projects in WCA including Cameroon, Mali, Senegal and Togo. The meeting in Dakar will therefore act as a prelude and complement to these various projects with the aim of strengthening the capacities of the executives of the ministries of education (Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Senegal and Togo) for the implementation of effective programs in areas relating to health and well-being, including gender-based violence and also early and unwanted pregnancies in schools. In particular, the workshop aims to strengthen participants’ proficiency towards addressing SRGBV and towards developing a roadmap for the realization of this initiative at the country level, thus contributing to achieving the right to safe education for children and young people, especially girls. The workshop will also be an opportunity to launch in AOC the «Global Guidance on addressing School Related Gender Based Violence » that UNESCO and UN women just released.

SRGBV remains one of the main obstacles towards achieving gender parity at all levels of education, alongside other factors such as poverty and being part of a marginalized group.


A press point will take place at 10.30 am on the 14th of February 2017, at Le Ndiambour hotel.

For more information about the workshop content and agenda please contact:
Xavier Hospital: x.hospital@unesco.org
William Ngué: w.ngue@unesco.org

Press contact:
Marion Piccio: m.piccio@unesco.org

Venue :
Le Ndiambour, Hôtel et Résidence
121 rue Carnot, Dakar, Sénégal
Phone. : (+221) 33 889 42 89
Mail: ndiambour@orange.sn

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