In August, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released the United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally. The purpose of the strategy is to establish a government-wide approach that identifies, coordinates, integrates, and leverages current efforts and resources in preventing and responding to gender-based violence (GBV) around the world.
While statistics on GBV vary, it touches all people and every culture. The consequences of GBV for individuals, families, communities, and countries are devastating.
The strategy builds on an existing foundation that includes the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security; the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons; and other GBV efforts. The strategy also provides federal agencies with a set of concrete goals and actions to be implemented and monitored over the course of the next three years with an evaluation of progress midway through this period. At the end of the three-year timeframe, the agencies will evaluate the progress made and chart a course forward.
The strategy was developed with input from the White House and the Departments of State, Treasury, Defense, Justice, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, as well as from the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the Peace Corps, and other agencies and organizations.
For more information about USAID and State efforts to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, please follow the links below.
United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally, USAID
Executive Order, Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls Globally, White House
Fact Sheet: Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls Globally, White House