I am pleased that the UK has played a leading role in tackling VAWG world-wide, and I know it will continue to be a top Department for International Development (DFID) priority. Women need choice and control over their lives. No country will develop if half their population is treated unequally and women live in fear of violence. The UK worked hard to lead efforts across the globe to ensure that a target to end violence against women and girls formed part of the agreed UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Involving women’s rights organisations in humanitarian preparedness, response, and recovery is one way to ensure that the unique needs of women and girls are addressed and that the capacities of women and girls are recognised and utilised. This is one of the themes of a roundtable event at the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016. I hope this Summit will deliver for women and girls everywhere. DFID has contributed £6 million to the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, which provides grants to organisations across the world to tackle gender-based violence, including small women’s rights’ and youth-led organisations and has committing to increasing its focus on funding to small women’s rights organisations.