We dream of a society where our children feel safe, a society where every school creates a space where our children feel protected and secure.
This yearning hope for a violence-free society can be a reality only when we take a stand as a collective. It is possible only when we recognize that gender-based violence is not limited to the violation of human rights; it is a barrier to quality education in a safe environment.
A collective youth voice: ending violence in school
We envision a society where the prevention of school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is not just a part of a checklist, but a recognized priority within education policy at regional and global levels.
With that note, Safe To Learn has supported a youth and survivor-led advocacy brief document, which aims to support collective advocacy on the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence in and through schools globally.
This collective voice is a collaboration between Safe to Learn, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), UNICEF, UNESCO, UNGEI, Plan International, Together for Girls, survivors from the Brave Movement, the End Violence Civil Society Forum, Education Cannot Wait, SRGBV Working Group and youth advocates from Transform Education and GPE to build a strong coalition for the formation of a safer educational environment for all.
Youth voices at the forefront
The Safe to Learn global advocacy taskforce recognizes the power of youth advocacy, where one voice can turn into a thousand echoes. On multiple occasions, inputs from diverse youth voices have been incorporated into the creation of an inclusive gender briefing by Safe to Learn and partner organizations.
For example, youth Leaders shared their insights by contributing to the gender brief document. As a GPE Youth Leader, I had the opportunity to be on the Safe to Learn Global Advocacy Taskforce to input on advocacy plans as well as support on both global and national-level influencing.
I have been documenting the voices of young people from Bangladesh who brought valuable insights from their experiences, sharing their perspectives and personal encounters. Samantha Shahrin from Teach For Bangladesh, a young professional who has worked in underserved schools in Bangladesh to combat SRGBV has said: