The United Kingdom will be investing 25 million pounds ($40 million) in a new initiative that aims to address violence against women and girls in a minimum of 10 countries in Africa and South Asia.
The money will be part of a new research and innovation fund U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening announced at an event marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, observed every Nov. 25.
The money, to be disbursed over five years (2013-2018), will be used to gather evidence of violence against women and girls, such as from research programs that investigate such violence in conflict settings. Today, one in three women continues to be beaten or sexually abused in her lifetime, according to Greening. Research programs are also expected to collect data on the social and economic costs of violence against women and girls in at least three countries.
Gathered evidence will shape a new prevention strategy that will be incorporated into U.K. programs and schemes targeting women and girls, according to a press release.
Nongovernmental organizations that wish to apply for funding will have to go through a competitive tendering process and will be “encouraged” to partner with local institutions, NGOs, academics and practitioners in developed and developing countries “to deepen research capability,” a Department for International Development spokesperson told Devex in an email.
“Funding commitments will be formalised once the tendering process is complete,” the official said.
Violence against women and girls will be among the U.K. presidency’s priorities at the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland in 2013.
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