New UK campaign targets gender-based violence, discrimination

The United Kingdom has set out to help save girls and women in Asia and Africa from domestic violence, trafficking and other forms of abuse.

In a new campaign launched on International Women’s Day (March 8), the United Kingdom aims to save and help thousands of girls facing gender-based discrimination and abuse in South Asia, Zambia and Ethiopia. Through the campaign, the country will improve women’s access to mobile services and alternative livelihood opportunities in Nepal, Bangladesh and India. This is to help end the trafficking of at least 60,000 women and girls there.

Meanwhile, in Zambia, the Department for International Development will provide legal, psychological and medical support to 7,000 survivors of gender-based violence and train some 1,600 women’s rights advocates. In Ethiopia, DfID will work with Nike Foundation and the local government to help at least 200,000 girls stay in school and prevent child marriages.

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