Violence Against Women and Girls

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) affects one-third of all women globally in their lifetimes and is one of the leading causes of death and disability of women of all ages. Women who experience intimate partner violence are twice as likely to experience depression and 16 percent more likely to have a low birth weight baby. Violence against women also contributes to the poverty of individual women and to the poverty of their families and communities (World Health Organization).

Trained mentors who work with their community to prevent violence against girls and promote maternal health on the outskirts of Kumasi, Ghana.

As an integral part of our commitment to improve the lives of girls and women and eradicate extreme urban poverty, WomenStrong’s Learning Lab will include a focus on learning and sharing solutions for eliminating VAWG. These solutions include programs that focus on primary prevention, such as school- and community-based initiatives that address the root causes or risk factors for violence; secondary prevention programs to prevent further violence against survivors; and programs that improve the ability of health care workers, the police, and others to provide appropriate services to survivors.

Through WomenStrong’s work to-date with founding members in Kenya, Ghana, and India, we have seen firsthand how programs in other sectors, such as economic empowerment programs, may address some of the underlying drivers of violence. These organizations have discovered that they have a greater impact on improving the lives of women and families when they integrate VAWG prevention activities or link with others working on VAWG.

We look forward to launching the VAWG Lab activities in Winter 2020. Please revisit this page for more information, including links to best practices and research, closer to the launch date.