gender-based bullying


Gender-based bullying is a complex form of violence that targets a person’s sex or sexuality, representing a pattern of behaviour rather than an isolated event. The most common forms of bullying are verbal. If left unchecked, verbal bullying can lead to extreme violence.

In school and educational settings, teachers and other children commonly put pressure on children to make them conform to cultural values and social attitudes that define what it means to be ‘masculine’ or ‘feminine’. The Internet and mobile phones have provided new opportunities for bullying through e-mails, online chat lines, personal webpages, text messages, and transmission of images.

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United Nations Secretary-General’s Study (2006). Violence against Children in Schools and Educational Settings: World Report on Violence against Children. Available at: