The field of preventing gender-based violence (GBV) is at a critical point. Over the past decade there has been a significant expansion in rigorous, policy-relevant evidence which shows that violence is preventable, and a growth in new initiatives and stakeholders mobilised around GBV prevention and use of evidence. There is also growing alignment around a common research and advocacy agenda, and a greater understanding of the role of women’s rights organisations (WROs) and feminist movements in prevention of violence.
Yet despite decades of mobilisation and robust evidence that GBV is preventable, the issue of violence is still not on the agenda at the highest political levels. Globally, there are concerted efforts to roll back progress on women’s rights, with WROs and activists operating under a chronic level of political threat.
Meanwhile the funding gap continues to hamper efforts to address violence on a scale that is commensurate with the magnitude of the problem.
This event will take stock of progress and remaining challenges and discuss concrete opportunities and strategies to drive a step change in ending GBV. It will seek to build consensus around what is needed to move the GBV prevention field forwards and concrete actions that can be taken to accelerate progress in the 12 months ahead, as well as laying the foundations for a longer-term collaborative agenda.
The event will also support implementation of the FCDO’s International Women and Girls Strategy and global campaign – Rights, Freedom, Potential – aiming to drive conversation and deliver progress on the empowerment and rights of women and girls around the world in the context of growing global threats and shocks.