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Gender-Based Violence


We Can Stop It Together

From providing safe spaces for girls to defending access to quality education to increasing female teachers and mentors Girl Up Clubs are on a mission to eliminate gender-based violence (GBV) around the world.

  1. 12 Million

    girls worldwide are subjected to child marriage annually

  2. 1 in 5

    women and girls aged 15-49 experience physical and/or sexual violence by a partner

  3. 200 Million

    girls and women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation

One is Too Many

1 in 3 Women

That’s how many girls and women will experience gender-based violence in their lifetime. That number should be zero. Gender-based violence, rooted in gender norms and unequal power relationships, undermines the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims. It is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world and it knows no social, economic or national boundaries.

Girl Up is so excited to announce its first ever gender-based violence curriculum, aimed to educate and spread awareness about GBV in communities around the world. This three-part curriculum will cover important topics like:

  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Social Constructs
  • Intersectionality of Inequalities
  • Structures of Oppression

We hope this curriculum continues to educate and empower new and old Girl Up Club members as they work to reduce gender-based violence in their communities around the world. Check out the first section below and stay tuned for Sections 2 & 3 releasing early 2021!

  1. Section 1 covers Structures of Oppression

    Gender, Intersectionality of inequality, and Social Constructs

  2. Section 2 covers Mechanisms of Oppression

    Beauty, Body Positivity, Hormones, Menstruation, Pink Consumption, Sexuality

  3. Section 3 covers Everyday Resistances

    Cyberbullying, Feminist Self-Defense, Role of Technology, Networking

Girl Up and the main authors of this curriculum wish to thank everyone who made this curriculum possible with their contributions, time and support. It was an honor to learn with and from you.

To all the girls and adolescents from Guatemala and around the world who participated in our Focus Groups to validate sections of this curriculum, thank you for your time and energy.

María Lucía Aldana

María José Aguilar Ponce

Andrea Aguilar and Adriana Gómez

Ana Bermúdez Fong and Liliana Zaragoza Cano

Libertad Sagüín

Vida Independiente Guatemala

Fundación Centro Bartolomé de las Casas, El Salvador

We’d also like to thank the following organizations that work with adolescents around the world and spoke to us in the interviews. Thank you for your time and for the work you do every day:

Azmina – Brazil

Girls Health Ed – Kenya and US

Feminist Voice – China

Peace Foundation – Africa

Population Council – Guatemala

Sayfty – India

UNFPA – Dominican Republic

what’s at stake?

Gender-based violence denies the human dignity of girls and women.

Gender-based violence affects girls and women in every community, in every corner of the world, yet it remains shrouded in a culture of silence. As advocates for the rights, skills, and opportunities of every girl, everywhere, Girl Up leaders are developing girl-led solutions to combat gender-based violence in their own lives and communities– from addressing campus sexual assault through advocacy and the creation of safe spaces, to developing tech solutions that build community awareness – but there is still so much more to do. Victims of gender-based violence can suffer immediate and long-term physical and emotional consequences, including forced and unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections including HIV, and even death.

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