This year an awareness campaign against bullying in all forms has been launched by the 1000 Women Trust in the build up to the 1000 Women 1 Voice flagship fundraising luncheon that is being held at the CTICC on May 9th This event brings together 1000 women in unity as Ambassadors against violence against Women and Girls.
Leading up to the 1000 Women 1 Voice flagship event on the 9th, women around South Africa are asked to support the UN global campaign #HearMeToo by sharing their stories of bullying and gender based violence on social media as part of their own healing process and to show other women that they are not alone on their journey and that they have the inner power to stand up against the bullying, violence, rape and murder of South African women and children. www.hearmetoo.co.za
A recent study showed that South Africa is rated second in the world with the highest statistics of cyber-bullying – defined as when a child or group of children, under the age of 18, intentionally intimidate, offend, threaten or embarrass another child or group of children, specifically using information technology. Statistics around the world also show that male bullies at school are twice as likely to turn to bullying their girlfriends and spouses in later years. Additionally, statistics also show that child bullies usually have experienced violence in the home between adults.
Tougher legislation is needed in South Africa when it comes to bullying and a formal stand against any form of bullying in the young or the old can bring an awareness into the future that could influence the lowering of statistics of violence against Women and Girls in this country.
Prevalence of Bullying in Schools:
It’s reported that as many as 57% of South African learners have been bullied at some time during their high-school careers. When one considers that we have 2.2 million school-going children in this country, those percentages translate into truly staggering numbers.
This is alarming and 1000 Women Trust has decided to create awareness and provide Women and Girls to find their own solutions to the problem of Bullying in our communities.
Bullying and Cyberbullying
Bullying is repeated and intentional threats, physical assaults, and intimidation that occur when individuals or a group exert their real or perceived difference in power or strength on another.
Bullying commonly occurs in schools and can be in the shape of physical, verbal, social, or electronic aggression.
Types of Bullying
Bullying can take many forms:
• Verbal bullying — includes name-calling, threats of harm, and taunting.
• Social bullying — can involve excluding someone intentionally, encouraging others to socially exclude someone, spreading rumours, or publicly shaming someone.
• Physical bullying — often results in physically harming someone or their belongings by hitting, punching, pushing, spitting, kicking, or tripping.
• Cyberbullying — involves using electronic media such as on the Internet, texting, and social media to spread hurtful and damaging stories, rumours, and images. Although cyberbullying can take place anywhere and anytime, this form of bullying often can travel rapidly through a school population and beyond, devastating the victims and leaving them feeling powerless.
Learners who are perceived as different by other are more likely to be bullied. These more vulnerable learners include LGBT youth, learners with physical, learning, or mental health disabilities, and learners who are targeted for differences in race, ethnicity, or religion.
Both learners who bully and learners who are bullied can suffer lasting psychological effects, including post-traumatic stress. It is vital that schools provide support to all the learners involved in a bullying incident and that schools take steps to reduce bullying.
In a trauma-informed school, the best deterrent to bullying and cyberbullying is to create a culture of acceptance and communication. Such a culture empowers learners to find positive ways to resolve conflicts and has an administration, teachers, and other staff who can support learners in making constructive decisions and respond proactively when aggression of any kind exists on the school campus. These steps can help you get started:
• Establish an anti-bullying policy — Know your state and district policies and seek input from all members of your school community to determine how your school will implement rules of conduct, a way for learners to report bullying, and the process by which the school will act to address reported bullying. Communicate the anti-bullying policy with all stakeholders (Teachers, Learners and parents)
• Put into action a school-wide plan — Disseminate a bullying prevention plan that involves all adults on campus in knowing how to support positive behaviour, address unacceptable actions, and refer learners who need additional counselling. Participate in Anti-bullying Campaigns and organise workshops for teachers and parents. Arrange sessions where children can speak out and report.
• Educate the school community — Incorporate bullying prevention in lesson plans, teach learners how to effectively respond to bullying, and provide resources for parents so they can be partners in your anti-bullying efforts. Encourage the community to participate in awareness campaigns.
In partnership with Children’s advocacy organisations we have created several tools for teachers to use to communicate Bullying to learners at a young age. In addition, we have designed posters to give advice of how to create BULLY FREE Schools. To encourage participation, we are launching an ANTI-BULLYING Poster competition. Our research shows that art is a powerful tool for social change and using art create opportunity for dialogue and creating social change.
1000 Women will identify schools and girls in schools to organise campaigns to encourage learners to Stand UP to Bullies and to report bullying.
Our partners will be able to provide support and training for schools and parents.
Our focus at the 1000 Women Trust will be to provide women the opportunity to learn how bullying affect leaders and what we as parents and friends can do to support other women and girls.
Workplace Bullying interventions:
During March the media campaign will focus on work place bullying and we will provide information on policies and procedure to make the work place a Bully Free safe space for women.
We will run a media campaign on work place bullying and invite women to tell their stories of bullying at work as part of the #HearMeToo campaign.
The government has confirmed the cyberbullying legislation in 2018 and our social media campaign will create awareness of the legislation. In addition, our partners have developed a Board Game for high school learners that we will circulate to the Women’s Organisations for them to engage with girls in the community.
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