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.
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.
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