To address the pervasive global issue of gender-based violence (GBV) against women and girls, the Equality Institute (EQI) and the Accelerator for Gender-Based Violence Prevention have released a report titled “What Counts? The state of funding for the prevention of gender-based violence against women and girls.”
According to the report, 1 out of every 3 women faces violence during their lifetime. The trend is significantly higher against First Nations and trans women, Black women, women with disabilities, and those experiencing intersecting forms of discrimination.
In 2022, the intentional killing of women and girls reached an alarming high globally, with nearly 89,000 reported cases — the highest annual number recorded in the past two decades.
As per the official UN commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, women constitute roughly 53% of all victims of home-related killings and 66% of victims in intimate partner homicides. This means that on average, 133 women and girls are killed every day by members of their own family.
In countries lacking robust legal protections against violence or where data is unavailable, 86% of the global population of women and girls suffer the absence of any legal safeguards.
Further, the report states that an inadequate 0.2% of global aid and development funding is allocated for addressing GBV.
“It is time to get serious and fund what we know works to stop violence against women and girls,” says Sima Bahous, the Executive Director of UN Women.
The report reveals that from 2018 to 2023, donors invested an average of approximately $410 million annually in gender-based violence (GBV) prevention, totalling $2.06 billion.
However, this funding falls short of delivering high-quality, evidence-based prevention programs needed to impact entire populations.
In comparison to other areas of official development assistance (ODA) spending, GBV prevention ranks low on donors’ priorities, with significantly higher funds allocated to health, education, social protection, and environmental protection in 2021 alone.
The report emphasizes the need for a comprehensive approach to address gender-based violence, calling for an increase in funding, the implementation of gender-responsive budgeting, and active stakeholder involvement. Thus, the collective urges for USD 500 million in new funding against gender-based violence for low- and middle-income countries by 2026.
“Understanding who is funding prevention, where this funding is going, and what impact this funding is having helps build a picture that can inform and guide future decision-making and investment,” said the Founder and Executive Director of the Equality Institute, Emma Fulu.
Cover photo: In Janakpur, Nepal, during 2019, women assembled for a march, chanting slogans for reclaiming women's rights and ensuring safe access to public spaces.. Photo: UN Women/Uma Bista
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