Refworld | Scared at School: Sexual Violence Against Girls in South African Schools
Education is a path towards international peace and security. Education is recognized internationally as a fundamental human right — but according to the United Nations Children's Fund million children of school age in the developing world, 21 percent of all school-age children, had no access to basic education in Nearly two-thirds of the children who are denied their right to education are female. Appropriately, the international community has identified girls' education as a critical priority. Discrimination against girls based on gender perpetuates the educational gap between boys and girls.
Scared at School: Sexual Violence Against Girls in South African Schools
Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. In schools across South Africa, thousands of girls of every race and economic group are encountering sexual violence and harassment that impede their access to education, Human Rights Watch charged in a report released today. School authorities rarely challenge the perpetrators, and many girls interrupt their education or leave school altogether because they feel vulnerable to sexual assault, Human Rights Watch said.
BBC Africa editor Fergal Keane visits South Africa's conservative rural areas nearly 25 years after white-minority rule ended, and finds that racism is still deeply embedded but there are also symbols of racial reconciliation. It was a young boy who noticed us and ran to tell his father. Around 10 years old, blond-haired and barefoot, he rushed indoors.