Preventing violence against women students everywhere
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This paper addresses issues of violence against women and girls with spec ial reference to tertiary institutions and drawing examples particularly from university colleges and campuses. In the discussions, various forms of VAWG are flagged out to demonstrate the nature and contexts within which they occur. The paper acknowledges that while male in the same institutions may experience comparable gender - based violence from women or other men, research has shown that p roportionately more women than men suffer this kind of violence and that its consequences results in relatively greater devastating effects for women. Within tertiary institutions, it is arguable that the relatively free atmosphere that has minimal restric tion on dating, partying and mating presents unprecedented risks which most women students tend to take for granted and which their male peers also take advantage of to practice masculinities characterised by pervasive sexual violence such as rape, harassm ent, stalking and verbalised sexual abuse. Social constructionist theory guides the discussion s leading to recommendations for preventive measures which locate education , awareness creation and skills - building as the fundamental drivers of policy - directed strategies aimed at preventing violence before it occurs to demand second order responses.