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Ending gender-based violence and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Preventing gender-based violence is transformational: it improves the heath of women and children, improves economic productivity and educational attainment and reduces risks of mental illness and substance abuse, among other benefits. It can also help accelerate achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Egyptian women participate in an innovation camp to share ideas on how to report violence against women. The camp was supported by UNDP, The National Council for Women, and Vodafone Egypt.
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UNDP partners with the Government of South Sudan, the Global Fund and the International Organization for Migration to address gender-based violence as part of mental health and psychosocial support programmes, for women displaced by the three-year conflict.
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UNDP, working in partnership with UN Women, UNFPA and others, provides an integrated response to violence against women and girls including prevention, protection, prosecution, policy change and setting up new partnerships.

In response, UNDP launched the global project Ending Gender-based Violence and Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (2018-2020). The initiative supports efforts to test new tools and approaches that reduce gender-based violence and intensify progress towards other development goals, such as health, social cohesion and economic empowerment. It integrates a gender-based violence lens into existing UNDP projects across different sectors and is bringing together diverse community stakeholders to define solutions and establish sustainable financing for local gender-based violence action plans. The project is currently being undertaken in seven countries – Bhutan, Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Moldova, Peru and Uganda.

The initiative has partnered with the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), who is leading the value for money and financing research, and is also being supported by the Republic of Korea.

For more information, contact Diego Antoni: diego.antoni@undp.org.

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