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What is ESAS?

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Equally Safe at School (ESAS) is a project that works with schools. This is to stop gender-based violence.

What is gender-based violence?

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Gender-based violence is what we call certain kinds of abusive or violent behaviour. We call it gender-based violence because it is linked to inequality between women and men.

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It is mostly carried out by men and boys and directed at women, girls and transgender people. But boys can experience it too.

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No child or young person should ever face violence or abuse. It is never their fault and they have the right to help and support.

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Gender-based violence does not always involve physical violence. It can make people feel very sad or scared and can affect their mental health.

Gender-based violence can include:

  • Rape and sexual assault
  • Unwanted touching
  • Abusive relationships (including domestic abuse)
  • Hands against each otherSexual harassment
  • Unwanted sexual comments
  • Stalking
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) – FGM is removing or changing women’s and girls’ genitals for non-medical reasons, for example by cutting them.
  • Honour-based violence – Honour based violence is violence towards somebody who is seen to have broken the “honour code” of a family or community.
  • Forced marriage – Forced marriage is when you are forced or pressured to marry someone you don’t want to.
  • Image-based abuse – This is when someone uses photos or videos to embarrass or hurt you. For example, sharing private photos of you without your permission.
  • GroomingGrooming and exploitation – This is when someone pretends to be kind to you or gives you money, gifts, alcohol or drugs to encourage you to have sex with them.

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ESAS wants to make schools more supportive for students who have been affected by gender-based violence.

Equally Safe at School (ESAS) Work

ESAS works with schools in lots of ways. These include:

  • A planning groupSchool assessments to find out what the main problems are
  • A student action group where students plan actions to make things better
  • Training sessionTeacher training to help teachers know more and what they can do to stop gender-based violence
  • Policy work that makes sure school rules are clear and work well
  • Teaching resources for teachers to help them teach
  • Graph with thumbs upMonitoring progress to find out how well activities are working and how to keep up the good work.
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