School-related Gender Based Violence (SRGBV) encompasses sexual, physical and psychological violence occurring at school and on the
journey to and from school. It is violence that is perpetrated as a result of gender stereotyping, discriminatory practices and unequal
gender relations. It includes explicit threats or acts of physical violence, bullying, verbal or sexual harassment, non-consensual touching,
sexual coercion and assault, and rape. Corporal punishment and discipline in schools often manifest in highly gendered ways.
An unprecedented access to information and communications technology has resulted in new forms of intimidation and sexual harassment.
The United Nations policy paper argues that SRGBV is a global concern preventing children, especially girls, exercising their right to a safe,
inclusive and quality education. The paper calls for a systematic and harmonized approach to identify, monitor and understand SRGBV,
as well as strong policy interventions to develop targeted solutions to address the problem effectively. On 16th April, 2015, a historic
United Nations resolution, “Learning without Fear” was passed, condemning gender-based violence in and around schools.
AYT in partnership with Action Aid International Kenya is currently implementing The “She CAN” Project part of a Safer Cities Campaign that seeks
to increase safety, mobility and access to justice and improve gender-responsive public services for vulnerable women and girls living in cities in
Bangladesh, Myanmar, Kenya and Zimbabwe. The main objective of the project is women and girls are organized and take collective action to
challenge violence against women and girls (VAWG) in public spaces and demand State accountability and action for gender responsive polices
and public services.
One of the project’s activities is mobilizing boys and girls to form clubs in schools that address issues of GBV among school going children.
Project mapping has yielded results that depict schools are sites where gendered inequalities are often perpetuated and violence may be
ignored or normalized.
The project has mobilized boys and girls in 10 primary schools in Mukuru kwa Ruben and Mukuru Kwa Njenga to establish Boys and
Girls Clubs. The clubs provide a safe space for young school going children to share experiences on Gender Based Violence that may
be occurring in their homes,schools or public spaces. The project believes that these sessions will help in preventing violations by
changing the culture of silence among school children that most perpetrators of sexual violence pry on, and emphasize dialogue and
discussion or ‘equity from below’ and thus privilege the voices of girls and boys themselves.
AYT to represent interests of the youth in the HLM2 meeting of the Global partnership towards Inclusive and Accelerated Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
AYT through its SheCAN school clubs held an inter-schools debate in Mukuru. The students debated on a wide range of themes related to the Safety and Security of women and girls in public spaces as well as School related Gender Based Violence (SRGBV)