We are on a mission to end violence against women and girls (VAWG) by recruiting allies, raising awareness, and encouraging positive bystander action.
Women and girls experience violence and discrimination, simply because of their gender.
Millions of women and girls will face violence throughout their lives, including rape, sexual assault & harassment, female genital mutilation (FGM), sexual exploitation and child marriage.
Survivors of violence will suffer multiple issues, from psychological trauma and depression to injury, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancy.
For girls, violence and the threat of violence can create both physical and psychological barriers to education. It can prevent them from being able to choose if and who they marry and stop them from experiencing safe and meaningful relationships.
At PROJECT ZERO we are aware of the relationship between gender inequitable attitudes, beliefs in stereotypical gender roles and violence supportive attitudes that lead to violence against women and girls, both on an individual and societal level.
PROJECT ZERO exists to disrupt this narrative.
PROJECT ZERO’s approach is supported by an over-arching framework designed by the Department for International Development and Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and other Gold Standard VAWG interventions from North America and Australia.
PROJECT ZERO’s framework has been designed to involve all members of the school community. This is to ensure a consistent approach and long-term change is embedded within the school to tackle VAWG, with school leaders making a commitment to taking a zero-tolerance approach by challenging VAWGs root causes:
Girls and boys will gain valuable knowledge about the root causes of VAWG.
Girls and boys will have the skills and self-confidence to identify VAWG and proactively challenge it.
Through 2 hours of CPD training Violence Against Women Girls school policy and procedure will be implemented in the school to create gender-responsive environments that are free from all forms of violence or threat of violence.
PROJECT ZERO will ensure the school has an overarching framework and strategy, to ensure VAWG is specifically and explicitly addressed through school policy, including clear procedural guidelines which are consistently enforced.
PROJECT ZERO aims to empower and enable students to discuss and learn about VAWG, to report incidents, and to take action for equality. It is designed to encourage the voices of students through school assemblies and to support the school to tackle VAWG through strategy and policy.
PROJECT ZERO will achieve this by delivering at school assemblies and covering topics such as: