RIGHT TO PLAY: Preventing violence among and against children in schools in Hyderabad, Pakistan

Gender equality is fundamental to whether and how economies and societies thrive. Although there are many other countries that are highly gender-unequal, Pakistan ranks very poorly on the Global Gender Gap Index at 143 out of 144. Violence against women and girls (VAWG) and other kinds of violence are socially normalised in Pakistan. Right To Play Pakistan (RTP) worked with Aga Khan University to implement and evaluate a play-based transformative programme in schools in Hyderabad, Sindh Province. Violent behaviours among children are common, evidenced by our baseline research which reported that 85% of girls and 94% of boys had experienced peer violence (both perpetration and victimisation) within four weeks from the time of the interview.

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