Voices against Violence
“Voices against Violence” is an education programme that puts young people at the heart of prevention efforts. It gives them tools and expertise to understand the root causes of violence in their communities, to educate and involve their peers and communities to prevent such violence, and to learn about where to access support if they experience violence.
Designed for various age groups ranging from 5 to 25 years, the co-educational curriculum will be adapted to national context, translated into local languages and rolled out in schools and communities in partnership with youth organizations, UN partners and governments. It will reach an estimated five million children and young people by 2020.
The curriculum includes a handbook for peer educators that will help them deliver age-appropriate sessions, as well as age-appropriate non-formal educational activities. The youngest groups may start out with story-telling and games that prompt them to think about gender bias and stereotypes, while older age groups can organise poster competitions, visit and volunteer with local shelters, or develop local community-based campaigns and projects to address specific forms of violence against girls and women.