Violence & Education
Promoting safety for girls in school begins with challenging our preconceived notions of how young people experience violence – unraveling myths of out of control young people, and focusing instead on systems change and the creation of a positive school culture.
This excerpt from the Status of Girls in Illinois report provides data on Chicago girls’ experiences of violence in school.
Issues & Needs
Often, the public discourse around violence in schools is focused on young men; yet we know that young women experience unique and interrelated forms of violence in school. We surveyed adults and youth from across Chicago, and held a Roundtable discussion in May 2010, to ask what was needed in order to end violence against girls at schools. This is what we heard.
Innovative approaches to making schools safer for young women involve youth in leadership roles, and in identifying their own solutions; advocacy and organizing for systems change is also key. Several communities in Chicago are engaged in campaigns to create safer schools.