Responding to the Department for International Development’s announcement today of a new £25 million fund to tackle violence against women and girls, ActionAid’s Women’s Rights Advisor Zohra Moosa said:
“DFID’s announcement of a specific pot of money focused on what actually works to tackle violence against women and girls is both welcome and timely. Violence is the reason millions of women aren’t able to make the most basic choices about their lives. It’s also why women and girls can’t complete school or secure decent jobs.
“As we move towards the 2015 deadline for achieving the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals, it is high time we started addressing the causes of women’s persistent poverty. Evidence shows that targeted resources focused on preventing violence in the first place makes a massive difference to women and that funding needs to be long-term and consistent.
“Crucially, the UK’s commitment to eliminating violence against women and girls should continue in any successor to the Millennium Development Goals.”