Campaign Against Gender Violence‏ – free resources

The Inter agency network for education in emergencies  (INEE) is supporting an international campaign that calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women, begins tomorrow (November 25) and continues until December 10, International Human Rights Day.

  • Worldwide, approximately 75 million children are out of school; more than half of them are living in conflict-affected states. Millions more are living in situations affected by natural disasters.
  • In Ethiopia, between 70 and 80 percent of young adults in a study reported experiencing psychological or physical violence at school.
  • In countries including Sudan, Colombia and Uganda, the recruitment of boys and girls into armed groups keeps many children out of school.
  • In Afghanistan and Pakistan and many other countries, female teachers and female learners have experienced violent attacks by armed groups. Girls’ schools have been destroyed. The fear of sexual violence en route to school keeps many internally displaced girls at home.

Education is an important protection measure during all phases of conflict*:

  • When creating safe spaces and “zones of peace,” education plays an important role in physical and psychosocial protection. The normality and routine provided by daily schooling is a stabilising and crucial factor for children’s development.
  • Deployment and retention of female teachers can enhance protection, as female teachers are often seen as contributing to greater security for girls in school.
  • Schools are effective sites for educa- tion on such issues as HIV/AIDS , landmines, human rights, tolerance, and non-violent conflict resolution, as well as other issues.
  • Education may contribute to positively altering social dynamics when curricula and textbooks are free of abusive and sexist messages, and display girls and boys, women and men as equally valued and active.

INEE has gathered together some useful resources :
Importance of Education
Produced By: The Brussels ad hoc Working Group on Violence Against Women in Conflict (VAWIC)

This advocacy resource outlines how education can both mitigate and perpetuate violence in conflict settings. It provides concrete statistics and suggestions for best practices in addressing violence against women and girls in schools.

Established in 2008, VAWIC includes representatives from NGOs and NGO networks and coordinates closely with relevant UN Agencies who act as observers to the group.  This group has been created to combine each organization’s expertise in advocating EU institutions to address sexual and gender-based violence as a priority.

For further information and documentation, or to contact group members, please email: vawicgroup@yahoo.com

Training Package: Gender and Education in Emergencies and Post-Crisis Recovery
Produced by: IRC on behalf of the INEE Gender Task Team

The IRC is finalizing the production of a Task Team training package based on trainings carried out in 2008. The training package features:

  • Facilitators’ Guide
  • Training Session Power Points
  • Handouts and Background Resources
  • Exisisting gender frameworks, tools and strategies
  • Links to INEE Minimum Standards, Sphere Minimum Standards and IASC Guidelines

The full package will be available online and in CD-Rom format at the end of the month. To pre-order the CD-Rom, please your full mailing address and the number of copies required to Diksha at Diksha.Mudbhary-Sitaula@theirc.org

Working with young women; empowerment, rights and health
Authors: Ricardo,C.; et,al; Produced by: Instituto PROMUNDO

This manual, part of an initiative called Program M, includes a series of group educational activities to promote young women’s awareness about gender inequities, rights and health. It also seeks to develop their skills to feel more capable of acting in empowered ways in different spheres of their lives.

All of the activities draw on an experiential learning model in which young women are encouraged to question and analyse their own experiences and lives, in order to understand how gender can perpetuate unequal power in relationships, and make both young women and men vulnerable to sexual and reproductive health problems, including HIV/AIDS. The activities engage young women to share ideas and opinions and think about how they can make positive changes in their lives and communities.

Gender sensitive disaster management: a toolkit for practitioners
Authors: Pincha,C; Produced by: Earthworm Books (2008)
The risks and vulnerabilities that people face from natural disasters are as much a product of their social situation as their physical environment. Vulnerabilities and capacities of individuals and social groups evolve over time and determine people’s abilities to cope with disaster and recover from it. Social networks, power relationships, knowledge and skills, gender roles, health, wealth, and location, all affect risk and vulnerability to disasters and the capacity to respond to them. There is enough evidence that in any disaster disproportionately large number of women are affected more severely relative to men.

This toolkit provides a guide to incorporating a gender perspective in the overall planning and practices of disaster management. The tools are intended for use by all those engaged in the disaster management, i.e., policy makers, donors, NGOs and researchers in their efforts to build resilient and gender-just communities.

Engaging Boys and Men in GBV Prevention and Reproductive Health in Conflict and Emergency-Response Settings – A Workshop Module
Authors: CARE/EngenderHealth, Produced by: USAID and The Archive Project

This is a training guide for a two-day skill-building workshop to introduce participants to the topic of engaging boys and men in reproductive health in conflict and emergency-response settings. The module includes a facilitator’s guide, handouts, slides for presentations, and participant resources for additional reading. The module is intended for personnel working in conflict and other emergency-response settings who are interested in engaging boys and men in gender-based violence prevention and reproductive health. It is appropriate for staff that have had some training in gender, gender-based violence prevention, and reproductive health.

If you would like to order a CD-Rom version, please contact Manisha Mehta at mmehta@engenderhealth.org.

USAID’s Student, Community Counselor and Teacher Programs to Reduce Gender-Based Violence in Schools
SafeSchools Program, USAID

USAID’s Office of Women in Development is pleased to announce the release of the Doorways training manuals.  The manuals, developed under the USAID-funded Safe Schools Program, were designed to make classrooms safer and more conducive environments for student retention and learning.   The set of manuals can be integrated into existing programs for teacher training, Parent Teacher Association strengthening, scholarships, support to orphans and vulnerable children, and HIV prevention education or as part of a comprehensive national or local plan to reduce gender-based violence against children.   Piloted in Ghanaand Malawi, students (ages 10-14) and adults who participated in the programs demonstrated positive changes in attitudes and knowledge concerning gender-based violence.   The manuals and accompanying resource booklets can be found here:

Web Campaign: Investing in Girls: www.girleffect.org
A web-based campaign on the importance of investing in first education. A fact sheet useful for advocacy is also available to download.

The INEE Thematic Guide on Gender-Based Violence (from the INEE Minimum Standards Toolkit) contains practical tools and resources from different agencies to help field staff and Ministry of Education officials implement the INEE Minimum Standards and contextualise the indicators to local settings in order to prevent and respond to gender-based violence through education.

The Toolkit Thematic Guide can be downloaded here. Here is a small sample of the kinds of tools available:   INEE Gender Strategies for Education in Emergencies: Preventing and Responding to Gender Based Violence In and Through Education
[INEE Gender Task Team]

Using the INEE Minimum Standards as a framework, this tool provides a series of concrete and practical strategies and promising approaches for preventing and responding to gender-based violence in and through education.
INEE Gender Strategies in Emergencies, Chronic Crises and Early Reconstruction Contexts: Recruiting and Supporting Women Teachers
[INEE Gender Task Team]

Using the INEE Minimum Standards as a framework, this tool provides a series of concrete and practical strategies and promising approaches for recruiting and supporting women teachers.

INEE Gender Strategies in Emergencies, Chronic Crises and Early Reconstruction Context: Gender Responsive School Sanitation, Health and Hygiene
[INEE Gender Task Team]

Using the INEE Minimum Standards as a framework, this tool provides a series of concrete and practical strategies and promising approaches for providing gender responsive school sanitation, health and hygiene. It also contains a case study of an IRC program in Ethiopia that provided an integrated approach to addressing sanitary protection needs.
INEE Gender Strategies for Education in Emergencies: Preventing and Responding to Gender Based Violence In and Through Education
[INEE Gender Task Team]

Using the INEE Minimum Standards as a framework, this tool provides a series of concrete and practical strategies and promising approaches for preventing and responding to gender-based violence in and through education.
Guidelines on Gender Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings: Sheet 9.1: Ensure girls’ and boys’ access to safe education [UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee]
Pdf pages 83-84 / Document Pages 73-74

The Education Action Sheet within these guidelines articulate a series of key minimum prevention and response actions to ensure girls’ and boys’ access to safe education and protect them from gender-based violence.   You can access the entire INEE Minimum Standards Toolkit at www.ineesite.org/toolkit

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