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Expand our global efforts to combat violence based on gender

Last updated: 12:09pm 5 November 2019

We will expand our global efforts to combat extremism, terror, and the perpetration of violence against people because of their faith, gender or sexuality.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.38

Our verdict

The Conservative Party’s strategy for Ending Violence against Women and Girls 2016-2020 is a continuation of the previous administration’s efforts to tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG). This is a promise to expand those efforts, with an emphasis on action at a global level.

The Strategy Refresh published in March 2019 summarises the government’s work and plans. Most of the steps have focused on national policy-making and highlight domestic rather than international efforts. However, several points relate to global efforts made by the UK government:

First, to challenge “traditional harmful practices”, the government has committed £50 million to the Department for International Development (DfID) to tackle female genital mutilation in the most affected countries. This is the biggest investment by any international donor to date.

Second, the government has invested £25 million in the What Works to Prevent Violence research and innovation programme, assessing the effectiveness of approaches to ending VAWG. This is the continuation of a previous £25 million investment.

Third, £21 million is going to the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women over a six-year period.

Fourth, the government announced a £5.6 million programme to support Commonwealth governments that will help reform legislation that disproportionately affects women, girls, and LGBTQ+ individuals. This is a clear expansion of previously existing programmes.

Most recently, in November 2019, DfID launched the follow up to the What Works to Prevent Violence research programme. The new What Works to Prevent Violence: Impact at Scale is to receive £67.5 million over seven years to scale up projects found by the research programme to be the most effective.

The government has continued and expanded global efforts to combat violence based on gender. This policy is ‘done’.

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