School-Related Gender-Based Violence: A Whole School Approach Pilot Initiative

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Key Information

The members of the Global Working Group to End SRGBV provided the impetus to develop guidance to strengthen gender responsiveness in school based violence prevention in order to meet the sustainable development goal 4 target of building "safe, inclusive and gender sensitive learning environments." The limitation of robust data collection and monitoring mechanisms for SRGBV prevalence and responses is widely acknowledged. The SRGBV Whole School Minimum Standards and Monitoring approach provides a framework for action to guide policy makers and practitioners to design school violence prevention and response.

The purpose of this tool is to guide programme design and strengthen monitoring of prevention and response actions, contributing to more robust data collection and accountability for SRGBV incidents, at the school, district and national levels. The prevention model is based on eight evidence based standards:

  1. school leadership and community engagement to create safe and gender sensitive learning environments; 
  2. codes of conduct;
  3. teachers and educational staff support; 
  4. child rights, participation and gender equality; 
  5. reporting, monitoring and accountability; 
  6. incident response;
  7. safe and secure physical environments in and around schools; and
  8. parent engagement.

These standards are accompanied by a monitoring approach and a set of proposed indicators at the school and district or national level to enable implementation strategies to be monitored and adapted.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Sub-Saharan Africa


Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2018 -

Ministry Affiliation


COVID-19 Response


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • School-related gender-based violence

Cross-cutting areas

  • Community sensitization
  • Gender equality
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs
  • Violence (at home, in relationships)

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys in school, Fathers, Girls in school, Mothers, School administrators, Teachers - female, Teachers - male


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

All in school

School Level

Not applicable or unknown

Other populations reached

  • Other community members - female
  • Other community members - male
  • Parent-teacher associations/school management committees

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • General awareness-raising/community engagement
  • Parent Teacher Associations (PTA)
  • School management committees


  • Gender-sensitive curricula


  • Other activities to address/end violence (not captured above)

School-related gender-based violence

  • Anti-violence policies and codes of conduct
  • Safe and welcoming schools
  • Safe channels/mechanisms for reporting violence
  • Safe transportation
  • Support in and around schools (e.g. peer counseling, adult-to-student counseling)
  • Violence prevention curriculum/activities for students

Social/gender norms change

  • Engaging parents/caregivers of students or school-age children/adolescents
  • Work with community leaders


  • In-service teacher training – gender-responsive pedagogy

Women's empowerment programs

  • Advocacy/action

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Increased school completion (general)
  • Increased years of schooling

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Improved understanding of sexual harassment, coercion, and consent
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms
  • Reduced school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV)