On April 16, UNESCO’s executive board adopted the resolution "Learning without fear: preventing and combating school-related gender-based violence,” put forward by France.
Co-sponsored by 58 states, this text signals an important step forward in the recognition of this problem, a major obstacle to the achievement of gender equality in schools.
For the first time, it provides a framework for the common understanding of this phenomenon. It calls on UNESCO and its member states to institute policies and national action plans to prevent and combat it.
The resolution also asks UNESCO to continue its efforts to promote the right to education in a safe environment, free of violence and accessible to all boys and girls, as part of the post-2015 Development Agenda.