Gender-based Violence Key Outcome of USAID Gender Policy

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released a new policy on gender equality and female empowerment this week. Futures Without Violence is thrilled to report that the reduction of gender-based violence is one of three key outcomes outlined in the policy, along with reduction in gender disparity and enhancement of women’s capacity.

Futures Founder and President, Esta Soler, applauded the policy, saying, “The new gender policy truly is a game-changer. Now, in every country where the USAID works, gender-based violence will be measured and addressed as part of our development and humanitarian work.” Futures Without Violence’s five part action plan calls for increased measurement and tracking of programs that prevent and respond to gender-based violence. The USAID Gender Policy is a welcomed victory for women and girls globally.

The announcement came at a White House event with Administration and agency officials, as well as advocates from the U.S. and abroad. This marks the first time in thirty years that USAID has revamped its policy on gender equity. Throughout the drafting process, USAID held consultations with advocates in the field, including representatives from Futures who advocated for the inclusion of gender-based violence in the Policy.

Click here to learn more about the Gender Policy.

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