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10 September 2019

Combined economic empowerment and gender-transformative interventions

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  • VAWG themes: VAWG & Economic Empowerment
  • Author: Andrew Gibbs and Kate Bishop
  • Date of publication: September 2019

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is common across the socioeconomic spectrum; a third of women experience violence from a partner in their lifetime. Poverty and VAWG are mutually reinforcing: poverty increases the risk of experiencing violence; VAWG increases poverty.

New evidence from four projects rigorously evaluated through DFID’s What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls Global Programme (What Works) demonstrates that combining economic empowerment and gender-transformative interventions for women and families can reduce intimate partner violence and strengthen the economic position of individuals and families.

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