Day of the Girl 2014 – breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence
While working in Eastern and Southern Africa, there is not a day goes by without hearing about girls being discriminated against and being abused just for trying to get an education. Verbal, physical and sexual violence against girls is particularly prevalent. We need to end these cycles of violence…..
“Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights”
-United Nations Resolution 66/170
Day of the Girl 2014 – Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence (Podcast)
Changing the World for Girls is a collaboration between the Beyond School Books podcast series and United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI). In this series you will find discussions on the lasting impact education has on girls, communities and nations around the world.
This latest episode features Kuoth Wiel, a young actress who appears in the new Hollywood release, The Good Lie; and Professor Fiona Leach, an expert on international education.
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Check this infographic on the reasons to invest in girls’ education
Malala -no stranger to violence….
Nobel Peace Prize Win for Malala Is a Message to All Students Living in Conflict- Yes You Can
The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) congratulates Pakistani education activist, Malala Yousafzai, and Indian child rights activist, Kailash Satyarthi, for winning the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. “Around the world, girls and boys growing up in conflict face similar threats as Malala Yousafzai braved in Pakistan—her courage gives hope to all students fighting for their right to education,” said GCPEA Director Diya Nijhowne. “ “By honoring Yousafzai and Satyarthi, the Nobel Committee has recognized the critical link between addressing the dire protection needs of so many of the world’s children and achieving peace and security,” said Nijhowne.”
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Breaking Cycles of Gender-based Violence in Schools Starts at Home
This summer the world was captivated by the news of the schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria. Nigerian mothers became activists and international figures, including Malala Yousafzai, descended on the country in protest. Presidents around the world lent their voices to the outcry. Over a million tweets about the #BringBackOurGirls campaign spread throughout social media. Violence against adolescent girls in school-related settings takes center stage again this week as the world marks the International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October.
Too often schools are a place where children face violence—including bullying, sexual and physical harassment and abuse, verbal violence, rape and assault. Though boys and girls are affected by SRGBV, girls are the most vulnerable.
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