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One in five students ‘saw gender violence’

More than 60 per cent of Cambodian students have experienced gender-based violence in schools, with staff committing the violence a fifth of the time, according to a new research report from Plan International and the International Center for Research on Women.

The Kingdom, however, still had the second-lowest rate of school violence, which includes “emotional violence” such as insults or threats, out of five Asian countries surveyed; only Pakistan fared better.

Although Cambodia has a high rate of equitable participation of girls and boys in classrooms, peer-to-peer gender-based violence is high, the study found, with 60 per cent of students reporting other students as perpetrators.

Sixty-one per cent of Cambodian school kids reported having experienced emotional violence in the six months before the study was conducted, 22 per cent reported physical violence and 2 per cent reported sexual violence.

The study also found that one in three female victims of gender-based violence in Cambodian schools reported they felt “sad or depressed” as a result, the highest rate in the region.

The data was collected by the researchers from more than 9,000 students in grades six to eight in Pakistan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Nepal and Indonesia.

The Education Ministry could not be reached for comment.

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