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.
girls worldwide are subjected to child marriage annually
1 in 5
women and girls aged 15-49 experience physical and/or sexual violence by a partner
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:
- 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!
Section 1 covers Structures of Oppression
Gender, Intersectionality of inequality, and Social ConstructsDownload
Section 2 covers Mechanisms of Oppression
Beauty, Body Positivity, Hormones, Menstruation, Pink Consumption, Sexuality
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
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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