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U.K. Must Incorporate Action Against Gender-Based Violence In Its Country Plans

The Guardian: Why global violence against women and girls must become new U.K. priority
Bethan Cansfield, policy manager for Womankind Worldwide

“…Violence against women and girls can be described as a global pandemic: 35 percent of women will experience one form of violence in their lifetime; 30 percent will experience violence from their current or former partner. It is these figures that make it so jarring that only 14 percent of the Department for International Development’s (DfID) country plans tackle violence against women and girls as a strategic priority. … According to the international development secretary, Justine Greening, preventing violence against women and girls is ‘a top priority for the coalition government, my ministerial team and me.’ … Now is the time to ensure that words turn into concrete action in country plans, and that our political leaders deliver for women and girls…” (9/15).