Child Abuse and Gender Based Violence Are The Key Barriers to Girls' Access to Education

Yosra Akasha
Posted April 23, 2013 from Sudan

Dear fellow applicants,

I've been giong through your amazing stories about barriers and solutions to girls' access to Education and get to notice that sexual violence against women and girls is the main barrier to girls' access to education. It comes in different forms according to which country we are talking about.

In Sudan, child abuse in forms of sexual harassment in the streets, raping school students.

In Zimbabwe as well as Jamaica, child marriage and teenagers unplanned pregnancies are hindering girls' education and affecting their lives and the lives of their daughters also.

Our assignments also reflected how traditions and customary systems are more powerful than the state legislations.

Don't you agree with that?

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neetak
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 23, 2013

true what you have said. I guess that is a lurking fear, for those who are in a position to understand this violence is a gender violence. Poverty inhibits the person from thinking, that too rational. However, this fear of violence doesn't stop the families from sending the girl out to work however naive or young, because she is brining in money. Then the young girl is risked and it isn't a mental block.

Interesting...

Susan Cruz
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 23, 2013

I agree wholeheartedly that laws are often ignored over cultural norms. In El Salvador and Honduras there are still people who think teen pregnancy is not a problem. There are law enforcement officers who refuse to enforce intra-family violence laws because "the dirty laundry must be washed indoors". I do believe that culture can change, slowly, but it can change, and proper enforcement of the laws is a good place to start.

Yosra Akasha
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 23, 2013

Dear Suzan,

Yes culture can be changed, & we are the agents of this change. I'm sure someday domestic violence will be more than a private issue

loretta
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 23, 2013

Much as polititians may deny it and traditionalists promote it, it's true. Those are more or less the same reasons, why girls drop out of School and some struggle to attain education.

Woman of voice
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 23, 2013

I agree with you fully on all your points

Jummai Madaki
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 23, 2013

Culture has a lot to do with it.And since culture is man's way of life and it is not static,we can advocate for change.This is the reason we are all in this forum.We have learned from others.....their heart piercing stories,solutions to challenges and its time to put all these to practice.

Yosra Akasha
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 23, 2013

"culture is a man way of life" and we will create a culture that accommodates every one

Thank you jam_them