Gender-based Violence is Key Element of USAID Youth Policy
November 6, 2012
Futures Without Violence applauds the inclusion of gender-based violence prevention and response in the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) first-ever Policy on Youth in Development.
This week, USAID, the federal body that distributes development aid to foreign countries, announced a policy which aims to “create a specific place for youth as partners and leaders in global development.” FUTURES is pleased to report that one of the policy’s four elements focuses on prevention and response to violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect. USAID will pay particular attention to early marriage, gender-based violence, trafficking in persons, and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations.
“With more than half the global population under the age of 30 years and with the vast majority residing in developing countries, young people are at the heart of today’s great strategic opportunities and challenges,” stated Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently. FUTURES wholeheartedly agrees with this statement and has pioneered innovative youth engagement programs internationally and in the United States such as Coaching Boys into Men, known as Parivartan in India, and That’s Not Cool, an online interactive social change and awareness program. FUTURES has also served as the National Program Office for the largest ever teen dating violence prevention initiative, known as Start Strong.
FUTURES continues to advocate for increased policy and programming to address violence and youth, as a co-chair of the Coalition to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Women and Girls Globally and as an active member of both the Coalition for Adolescent Girls and Girls Not Brides.