Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is the most widespread form of abuse worldwide, affecting one third of all women in their lifetime. VAWG limits progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), violates women and girls’ human rights and can have a negative impact on long term peace and stability. In line with its international and national commitments, preventing VAWG is a top priority for the UK Government and DFID’s Ministerial team.
This two-part guidance note is part of a series of DFID guidance notes on VAWG. It focuses specifically on how to address VAWG in education programming, where DFID aims to make progress towards two key impacts:
- Girls and boys gain valuable knowledge and skills through education in gender-responsive environments free from all forms of violence, neglect and abuse or the threat of such; and
- Education systems through formal and informal settings actively contribute to the development of more gender-equitable societies where VAWG is not tolerated.
This guidance note aims to provide practical advice and tips to support DFID advisors and programme managers and other UK government departments to strengthen the impact of education programmes on preventing and responding to VAWG. It is based on international good practice from bilateral and multilateral donors, UN agencies, international and national NGOs, and DFID’s own programme experience, as well as the latest academic research on education and VAWG.
Part A sets out the strategic rationale and broad approach to addressing VAWG in education programming and covers the following:
- Introduction to VAWG;
- Rationale for education programmes to address VAWG
- Addressing VAWG through education programmes: the challenges;
- DFID’s vision and key outcome areas to address VAWG through education programming;
- Principles to guide education programming related to VAWG; and
- Calculating Value for Money (VfM) of VAWG interventions (see Annex).
Part B provides specific guidance on designing programmes for each key outcome area:
- Outcome-specific challenges;
- Developing an engagement strategy;
- Options for intervention;
- Case studies of promising practices and lessons learned;
- Mini theories of change for each outcome; and
- Examples of indicators (see Annex).