Violence against women and girls and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Standing with women and girls to end violence.
A five point plan for achieving the SDG target on VAWG.
Violence against women and economic inequality.
What are our findings on violence and women’s rights?
An analysis of VAWG prevalence in 70 developing countries, commissioned by ActionAid, found that the more gender equal a country is, as defined by the Gender Inequality Index (GII), the lower the prevalence of violence against women.
An ActionAid survey of 47 women’s rights activists worldwide found that almost two thirds (62%) reported feeling less safe over the past two years. Of the respondents who said they felt about the same or safer, over half (56%) still reported cases or harassment or fear of harassment.
In poor countries, women in precarious forms of work are more likely to experience intimate partner violence than those in secure work.
Our recommendations to tackle violence against women and girls
- The international community and governments should upscale their support and resourcing for women’s collective action.
- Governments should ensure that the elimination of VAWG in private and public spaces is top-level and immediate government business, fulfilling rafts of international commitments made over several decade.
- Corporate actors must also be accountable for their part in ending VAWG – inside and outside of the workplace.
Progress on VAWG
Funding for grassroots organisation tackling VAWG
In 2016, the UK government announced a £6 million fund for small and grassroots organisations fighting violence against women and girls. This was partly a response to campaigning and lobbying by civil society, including under the banner of ActionAid’s Fearless campaign.
Grassroots women’s organisations working to end VAWG
Having suffered years of domestic abuse at the hands of her husband, Tiwonge, a 40-year-old farmer, found the courage to say enough is enough.
After receiving information and training in human rights from ActionAid, she realised she was a victim of violence and decided to fight for her own rights and also help other women suffering in silence.
“I was asked to chair a meeting of a women’s group,” she explains. “I was all dressed up in my best clothes ready to leave when my husband came home and beat me up. So I got to the meeting very late. I looked a total mess, my face was bleeding.”
“If my own rights weren’t protected, how could I stand there and chair a meeting about protecting other women?” she realised.
Tiwonge is currently the Executive Director of Chikulamayembe Women’s Forum, one of ActionAid’s partners in Malawi, and has worked on over 300 domestic violence cases, helping women recover, speak out, and seek justice.
Our policy work emphasises the vital role that women’s rights organisations like Tiwonge’s play in ending violence against women, and calls on governments to increase financial support for their life-saving work.
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