Violence against Women and Girls around the world

One in three women globally have experienced some form of physical and/or sexual violence. We simply cannot tolerate this. Ending VAWG is a top priority for the Department for International Development (DFID).
 
I am proud of the leadership that the UK has shown, supporting the UN and national governments to eliminate all forms of VAWG. This includes the recent announcement of the largest single investment to help end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the world ever: the UK is providing an extra £50 million to support the African-led movement to end FGM by 2030 and provide better protection for vulnerable girls. Since 2013, DFID-supported programmes have helped more than 8,000 communities, representing 24.5 million people, pledge to abandon FGM, and have helped more than 3 million girls and women receive FGM protection and care services. DFID also has a large £39 million global programme supporting UN agencies to end child and early forced marriage in 12 priority countries. 
 
The UK's £12 million funding for the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women over the three years to the end of 2020, will help protect women and girls in some of the world's poorest countries from practices such as FGM, child marriage and domestic and sexual violence. The support is expected to help around 750,000 women and girls globally by supporting local, national, regional and cross-border efforts to prevent and respond to violence.
 
VAWG can be more frequent, and more severe, during humanitarian emergencies, so I was encouraged by the recent announcement of additional UK aid support for victims of sexual violence in conflict. The £500,000 additional funding will help deploy more experts to support conflict-affected countries.