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 women’s poverty and to that 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 urban girls and women, WomenStrong’s Learning Lab will include a focus on learning and sharing solutions for eliminating VAWG across the globe.

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 violence prevention activities or link with others working on VAWG.

Solutions practiced and tested by our new members in the VAWG Learning Lab, to launch in early 2020, will include working with female changemakers to address violence among vulnerable populations, and sexual assault prevention initiatives that address deep-seated gender stereotypes in school-based, university, and community settings.

We look forward to launching our Violence Against Women and Girls’ Lab in 2020. Please revisit this page for more information, including links to best practices and research, in early 2020.

About WomenStrong International

WomenStrong International finds, funds, strengthens, and shares women-driven solutions that will transform lives in urban communities. Our partners start by listening to women, who know best what they need in order to thrive. Then we bring these organizations together into a Learning Lab, to develop, test, sharpen, and disseminate their solutions. Through our collective learning and sharing, WomenStrong is building a global community of organizations better equipped to advance the rights and wellbeing of women and girls. Learn More