Violence against Women and Girls

“Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.

In general terms, it manifests itself in physical, sexual and psychological forms, encompassing:

  • intimate partner violence (battering, psychological abuse, marital rape, femicide);

  • sexual violence and harassment (rape, forced sexual acts, unwanted sexual advances, child sexual abuse, forced marriage, street harassment, stalking, cyber- harassment);

  • human trafficking (slavery, sexual exploitation);

  • female genital mutilation; and

  • child marriage.”

United Nations (2019)

Resources

A Young People’s Guide to Making Positive Relationships Matter

Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4

• Developed with young people for young people
• An online guide with equality, diversity, children’s rights and social justice at its heart
• Supports your right to speak out about and change things that matter to you

Activities to Start a Conversation About Gender Inequality and Gender Based Violence in the Classroom

Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4

An engaging introductory lesson exploring the definition of gender based violence and highlighting some key experiences including public sexual harassment, upskirting and victim blaming.

Let’s Talk About Porn

Key Stage 4
This teaching resource lesson plan is designed to help teachers and facilitators educate young people about pornography, specifically online. Created by Carmel Glassbrook (lead practitioner for the Professionals Online Safety Helpline) this . . . resource has been developed over a couple of years in response to the need from schools and teachers to have something that can help with the growing issue of pornography consumption in teenagers. The lesson is broken down into three main sections, which can be taught together or separately; The history of porn, The legalities and Myth busters.

Videos

Links

Childline

Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call us on 0800 1111, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.

End Violence against Women

EVAW is a leading coalition of specialist women’s support services, researchers, activists, survivors and NGOs working to end violence against women and girls in all its forms. Established in 2005, we campaign for every level of government to adopt better, more joined up approaches to ending and preventing violence against women and girls, and we challenge the wider cultural attitudes that tolerate and condone this abuse.

UN Women: Ending violence against women

One in three women worldwide experience physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner. Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, and the immediate and long-term physical, sexual, and mental consequences for women and girls can be devastating, including death.

News

09/12/2021 : Concern over increase in county lines grooming during pandemic
Children and Young People Now

06/12/2021 : Hundreds of calls made to UK helpline about sexual abuse in schools
Guardian

12/12/2021 : Instagram influencer received ‘hundreds’ of obscene photos
BBC

08/12/2021 : Pupils pressured regularly for nude photos, Estyn report finds
BBC

02/12/2021 : Revenge Porn Helpline and SWGfL Announce the Launch of StopNCII.org
South West Grid for Learning

Documents and Publications

Tackling violence against women and girls strategy (easy read version)

Crimes of violence against women and girls include rape and other sexual offences. Stalking, . . . domestic abuse, ‘honour-based’ abuse (including female genital mutilation, forced marriage and ‘honour’ killings), ‘revenge porn’, ‘upskirting’ and many others.

Tackling violence against women and girls strategy

Violence against women and girls is an unacceptable, preventable issue which blights the lives of . . . millions. Crimes of violence against women and girls are many and varied. They include rape and other sexual offences, stalking, domestic abuse, ‘honour- based’ abuse (including female genital mutilation and forced marriage and ‘honour’ killings), ‘revenge porn’ and ‘upskirting’, as well as many others. While different types of violence against women and girls have their own distinct causes and impacts on victims and survivors, what these crimes share is that they disproportionately affect women and girls.

Podcasts

“A discussion on violence against women and girls”, in The Sociology Show
Deanna Dadusc, a member of BRIDGES and Lecturer on Critical Criminology at the University of Brighton, participates in . . . this podcast with Roxana Pessoa Cavalcanti and Stephen Burrell to discuss about gender violence and violence against women. In it, they talk about how police are not the solution to male toxicity, but part of the problem, and appeal to the need to learn from collective struggles like Black Lives Matter and black feminist abolitionists to eliminate violence against women.

eLearning

Understanding violence against women and girls

The course provides an understanding of violence against women and girls, its extent, drivers and impact. It also provides evidence-based guidance for policy-makers and stakeholders in complementary fields to better understand the key pillars for preventing it from occurring in the first place and responding to it when it does occur.