Every secondary school, college, community group and religion group in London will have entry to the violence against girls and girls (VAWG) prevention toolkit, which will present “allyship training” to younger individuals.
The toolkit will join lecturers with workshop leaders from home abuse charity Tender, who will ship coaching that will spotlight the influence of misogyny and encourage younger individuals — together with boys — to call out sexist attitudes and behaviour in the event that they see it.
It comes following a £1 million funding from Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and is a part of a wider £100 million bundle aimed at ending violence against girls and girls in the capital.
Speaking forward of the launch of the brand new scheme at the Rokeby School in Newham as we speak, Mr Khan said the “onus of responsibility” should be positioned on men and boys to change their attitudes and behaviour “if we are truly going to fix the problem of violence against women and girls”.
He said: “In London and across the country we face an epidemic of violence against women and girls. As well as taking action against the perpetrators of violence, I’m determined that we do more to prevent and end the violence and misogyny too many women face on a daily basis.”
According to government figures, one in 5 girls throughout the UK have experienced sexual assault or tried assault, whereas 27 per cent of girls aged 16 or over had experienced home abuse.
Susie McDonald, chief govt of home abuse charity Tender, said: “There has never been a more pressing time for children and young people to learn about healthy relationships and gender equality.
“Schools create the perfect environment in which young people can learn about these issues in a safe, non-judgemental and age appropriate way. But for teachers, it is essential that they feel confident and equipped with the correct knowledge and skills to deliver this type of education.”