Education programme - Voices against Violence
In partnership with UN Women, the World Association has developed a non-formal education curriculum to support girls, young women, boys and young men to:
- Identify different forms of violence
- Understand their rights
- Gain the skills in advocacy and leadership to claim these rights and end violence against girls
Voices against Violence is an international, non-formal co-educational initiative which engages girls, young women, boys, young men, adults, parents and the community in the conversations about violence. Voices against Violence will be delivered through the World Association’s national Member Organizations, partners and governments.
The curriculum will help five million children and young people learn to talk about violence, understand its root causes, recognise their rights and develop the skills and confidence to access those rights for themselves and others. It will empower girls and boys, young women and young men to be leaders, to speak out and take action.
This curriculum provides interactive, child- and youth-centred ways for young people to talk about relationships, gender equality and abuse, within a safe and supportive environment. Learn more about how the curriculum works.
“Nine in ten girls say their involvement in Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting education programmes has to a large or moderate extent provided them with the skills to take action on issues important to them.”
Non-formal educational programmes make a difference. This curriculum provides knowledge, skills and opportunities to change attitudes and to help stop the violence. Safety is the key element in delivering the curriculum. The curriculum creates safe and supportive sessions for young people to learn about their rights and to discuss and challenge violence against women and girls. It also provides referral routes and other information for young people if they choose to disclose their own experiences of violence.
Download the Voices against Violence leaflet to find out more about the curriculum. The curriculum is available for both Girl Guides and Girls Scouts and non-Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting organizations to use. See here for more information on how you can use the Voices against Violence curriculum.
To measure the effectiveness of the curriculum, the World Association has developed a global monitoring and evaluation framework that compares participants understanding and attitude toward violence against girls both before and after the programme. The monitoring and evaluation framework aims to contribute vital data to the global discussion of what are the effective measures to tackle gender-based violence amongst young people.
Participants complete the curriculum by completing six sessions from the activity books. Each session reflects one of the six core learning outcomes:
START session – to develop a safe and supportive space for children and young people to talk about gender inequality and violence against girls and young women
THINK session – about gender equality and what it means to be ‘me’. To understand gender roles, norms and expectations and start to promote equality
IDENTIFY session – understand different forms of violence against women and girls and recognize the warning signs of violence
SUPPORT session – support respectful relationships. To develop skills to form their own relationships and support their friends.
SPEAK OUT session – speak out for girls’ rights and raise awareness of women and girls’ human rights
TAKE ACTION session – take action stop the violence. To develop and run a campaign event or activity within the local community to stop violence against girls and young women
Handbook for leaders
The curriculum consists of a Leader's Handbook to support the leader delivering the programme and then four individual age activity books for each age group. Leaders delivering the programme need to factor in time to go through and complete three sections before beginning the curriculum programme with your group.
Who are the activities aimed at?
The activities in this curriculum have been developed for Girl Guides and Girl Scout groups, youth organizations, schools and other groups to use. The curriculum can be used by girl-only groups and by co-educational groups and has been developed for worldwide use – it can be adapted for different cultural, social and legal contexts. It provides a wide variety of activities that can be selected to respond to different learning needs and objectives. These activities have been piloted with Girl Guide and Girl Scout groups to ensure they are effective.
The curriculum is divided into four age groups for early (aged five to seven), young (aged eight to 11), middle (aged 12 to 16) and older years (aged 17 to 25). There are age appropriate activities within each section that focus on different forms of violence against girls and young women. It is up to you as the facilitator to decide what sessions are suitable for your group and you may decide that your group needs to do activities from sessions in the younger year groups.
Download a copy of the Voices against Violence leaflet for a teaser of the activities on offer in the Voices against Violence curriculum. The curriculum will continue to grow through contributions made by participating groups and others. Please email email@example.com to suggest your own activity ideas.
Any organization, whether they be part of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting or not, can deliver Voices against Violence. The curriculum is free to use. For safety reasons, we have not made it publicly available. Instead, we ask that any organization interested in using Voices against Violence submit an expression of interest to the World Association so we can assess their capacity to deliver a programme on such a sensitive and potentially harmful subject. The World Association will support organizations interested in delivering the curriculum to build their capacity to do so safely.
Download the Voices against Violence partner’s Brochure to understand more how you can use the curriculum. If you are interested in using the Voices against Violence curriculum submit an expression of Interest Form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What support will the World Association provide to deliver the Voices against Violence curriculum?
• The World Association has set up a Monitoring and Evaluation system which is freely available for you to use so you can measure the impact the curriculum has on participants and your community and we will share the results and learning from the global data collected.
• ACTIVATE events – partners are invited to send representatives from their organization to an initial training event, where they will review the curriculum, build capacity on gender based violence, develop implementation plans, learn about safety and ethical requirements and be trained to go back into their organization to then train the curriculum facilitators. Online ACTIVATE e-learning courses will soon be available as well.
• Training and implementation guidelines are available to all partner organizations and national associations. This is a training package to help organizations train leaders within their own organizations to prepare leaders/facilitators to be able to deliver the curriculum. These packs include practical tools such as Child Protection Policy templates and session plans for training events.
• The Voices against Violence partner network is an online community where partners implementing the curriculum share best practice and ideas and mentor and support each other. The World Association can also set up specific support for some partners, either with another organization delivering the curriculum or directly with WAGGGS expert staff and volunteers.
• In some cases, the World Association can provide organizations funding to roll out the curriculum or smaller grants for such things as attending training. We can also consider submitting joint funding applications with partners to third parties.
• Voices against Violence and more general Stop the Violence campaign communication material, such as films, press releases, brochures and posters are developed by the World Association and can be used by partner organizations to promote their work
Violence can be a sensitive and challenging issue to work on. Therefore, it is important that the Voices against Violence curriculum is delivered in a safe and supportive face. Facilitators of the curriculum will need to prepare themselves to be able to create a safe environment for those they work with.
ACTIVATE training will prepare you to be able to create safe and supportive spaces. The Handbook (LINK) will also run through all the necessary safety measures you need to prepare before delivering the curriculum.
Whenever working on violence with young people, you should also consider the following:
Violence can be an emotional subject to talk about. People may know someone who has experienced violence or they may have experienced it themselves. As such any Stop the Violence activities must be delivered in spaces where children and young people feel supported and equal so they can seek support and talk about sensitive subjects.
Key points to creating a safe space:
- Know how to handle disclosures of violence. See Child Protection in leader's handbook
- Inform the group about how to access support at every session
- Protect any data collected from the participants
- Risk assess the suitability of meeting places and activities
- Do not accept or tolerate any abusive language or behaviour
Before beginning any activities you should research and connect with local support services. These support services can provide expertise and guidance for your activities, and can also provide support for people in your group who are survivors of violence.
To find support services you can:
- Conduct research on the internet. Use search terms such as ‘violence support service’ ‘girl support services’
- Speak to local schools to see what partnerships they have with support services
- Check your local government or council website to see what support services they use and work with
- Talk to local women’s organizations to see what contacts they have
- Consult on-line support service directories, to find appropriate services in your
Safeguarding of minors is crucial to your work with young people. When conducting activities and events on violence it is important that you aware of your national association’s policy and procedures on how to handle disclosures of violence. Consult and become familiar with your local child protection guidelines and ensure that you listen, respond, refer and report any disclosure of violence
All organizations who wish to deliver the Voices against Violence curriculum must have a safeguarding procedure in place. This is to ensure that any disclosure of violence by a young person would be correctly handled. ACTIVATE training will train organizations on safeguarding and Child Protection policies. The World Association also has tools and Child Protection policy templates that can be adopted. Please email email@example.com for assistance and advise on child protection policies and procedures.