School-related gender-based violence in the Asia-Pacific region

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This report is relevant to development practitioners working in the education sector as it provides a detailed account of the causes, types, scope and implications of school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) in the Asia-Pacific region and offers several recommendations to the education sector to address this issue.

This report provides a detailed account of the causes, types, scope and implications of school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) in the Asia-Pacific region. The report examines the current data on school-related bullying, physical and psychological violence, sexual violence and corporal punishment the region. The report suggests that school-related violence is caused by multiple factors beyond the school environment, including a students family life, societal norms on the acceptance of violence, gender inequalities and gender expectations. The report, however, highlights that there is still a lack of knowledge and data on SRGBV.

The report further examines policy and programme responses to this issue across the region. Successful case studies are highlighted. Based on a review of the current research the report then outlines the conditions and approaches which aid in the development of effective responses and offers recommendations that the education sector could implement to address this challenge.

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“SRGBV continues to affect children in the Asia-Pacific region each year, and boys, girls, transgender and intersex children can be targets. In Asia and the Pacific – as elsewhere – SRGBV is a critical barrier to the right to education, not only because of its serious physical and psychological health implications, but also because it may lead to the deterioration of the learning environment as a whole.”

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This report provides a detailed account of the causes, types, scope and implications of school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) in the Asia-Pacific region. The report examines the current data on school-related bullying, physical and psychological violence, sexual violence and corporal punishment the region. The report suggests that school-related violence is caused by multiple factors beyond the school environment, including a students family life, societal norms on the acceptance of violence, gender inequalities and gender expectations. The report, however, highlights that there is still a lack of knowledge and data on SRGBV.

The report further examines policy and programme responses to this issue across the region. Successful case studies are highlighted. Based on a review of the current research the report then outlines the conditions and approaches which aid in the development of effective responses and offers recommendations that the education sector could implement to address this challenge.