Schools Safe 4 Girls
Factsheet for Schools on Violence Against Women and Girls
As part of our Schools Safe 4 Girls campaign, we're publishing a Factsheet for Schools on Violence Against Women and Girls, prepared by experts on our Prevention Network.
The aim is to give schools info they need on all forms of violence that girls and women disproportionately experience, and help them to prevent it. Download it here.
We are delighted that Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, Nicky Morgan, is backing our Factsheet:
“As both Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women I am wholly committed to tackling violence against women and girls. Recent events have brought into sharp focus the crucial importance of teaching young people to understand the abuse women and girls can face and where they can get support.
“Ensuring young people receive good quality relationship education which teaches the importance of respect and mutual consent should be at the heart of this and the new factsheet from the Ending Violence Against Women Coalition helps to highlight the importance of this issue to teachers.”
About Schools Safe 4 Girls
EVAW's Schools Safe 4 Girls campaign was launched in 2012 just as the Savile revelations were breaking. The campaign, funded by Comic Relief, helps parents, students and local women’s groups to work with their schools to promote girls' safety. In the light of the Rotherham scandal, it is needed more than ever.
The campaign has helped create a huge shift across the political spectrum. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is now considering the role of schools in tackling girl's safety and both Labour and the Greens are committed to statutory Sex and Relationships Education as part of Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) education specifically to address abuse. The Lib Dems are also committed to compulsory PSHE.
What we are calling for:
- Giving children the information they need about sexual consent and respectful relationships, including through compulsory SRE and ongoing teacher training as part of a 'whole school approach' to violence against women and girls
- Long term investment in public campaigns to change harmful attitudes and behaviours, learning from the THINK! road safety campaign
- Tackle misogynistic images of women in the media that condone and normalise abuse
- A law to ensure that all survivors of abuse have specialist support, whether or not they report
What you can do
Sign and circulate our joint petition on SRE with the Everyday Sexism Project.
Download our Schools Safe 4 Girls campaign pack here:
Factsheets and more background information: Questionnaire for schools. Findings of a YouGov poll on sexual harassment in UK schools, Factsheet about VAWG prevention, Factsheet about the Public Sector Equality Duty, Factsheet about the Human Rights Act
What's the problem? - Deeds or Words?
Deeds or Words?, published in May 2013 looks at the Government's promise to take action to prevent abuse before it begins (primary prevention) in the Home Office-led Call to end violence against women and girls.
Our experts found that there are some good initiatives, such as the Home Office’s teen abuse campaign ThisisABUSE, and leadership shown by some Ministers. However, overall we found that work to prevent VAWG was minimal, under-resourced and that the key department responsible for children’s safety, the Department for Education, was not playing its part. Download the report here.