UK commits US$87 million to African and Asian initiatives fighting violence against women and girls
The UK government has committed £68 million (US$87 million) over seven years to scale up and pilot new initiatives in Africa and Asia to fight violence against women and girls. The funding will help expand successful projects, design and pilot new ideas and programs, and support research into how violence can be tackled, particularly in times of conflict and humanitarian crisis.
The funding builds on DFID's 'What Works to Prevent Violence' research and innovation program. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), one-third of women globally experience sexual or physical violence during their lifetime.