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Episode Info: This week David and Aruna speak with Nora Fyles (Head of Secretariat for the UN Girls’ Education Initiative), Madeleine Kennedy Macfoy (Coordinator in the Human and Trade Union Rights and Equality Unity, Education International) and Rex Fyles (Gender at Work Associate) about the UN Girls’ Education Initiative. (UNGEI)   Nora, Madeleine and Rex represent the three partners in this unique collaboration to deal with school-related gender-based violence. As Secretariat for UNGEI, Nora shared some alarming statistics with us:   In the Democratic Republic of Congo a UNICEF study tells us that 46 percent of schoolgirls confirmed to being victims of sexual harassment, abuse, or violence from their teachers or other school personnel In Liberia sex for grades is common with almost 18 percent of school girls, and just over 13 percent of school boys, reporting having been asked for sex to get a better grade   Three years ago, the UNGEI approached Gender at Work to design a collaborative process that could help teachers and union activists deal with this problem in a very personal and context-specific way. We discuss how this program has lead to dramatic transformation, and healing, within communities.Read more »

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