VAWG and Private Sector Programmes
Writing for the BEAM Exchange, Georgia Taylor, WISE Development Director and DFID VAWG Helpdesk Member, offers advice and support on designing approaches to tackle violence against women
“Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a global problem because it is an abuse of human rights and has serious human capacity and vulnerability consequences for women. An estimated 35 per cent of women over the age of 15, some 818 million women globally, have experienced sexual or physical violence.
Violence also affects women’s participation in enterprise and employment and is a cost to the economy and economic growth. (The economic cost of VAWG can amount to between 1.2 per cent and 3.7 per cent of GDP). Women and girls experience violence from partners and other family members and in the work place or on the way to work. This not only prevents women from earning an income but also restricts business productivity and profitability and so impacts economic growth. This means that donor programmes aiming to increase private sector potential and promote inclusive growth may have less successful outcomes when participants are involved in or experiencing VAWG. There is also some evidence that women in certain contexts face an increased risk of violence when the economic power balance between men and women changes. So private sector programmes need to take special care to understand gender relations and to assess risks to women and ensure their programmes do no harm, including through mitigation efforts if needed..” Georgia TaylorRead the full article on BEAM Exchange here
To ignite a more robust debate about how market systems practitioners can better tackle VAWG, Georgia also led a webinar on how VAWG can act as a barrier to economic productivity and access to markets, and thereby could limit the impact of programmes that have a markets systems approach. This resource is the webinar presentationAccess the Webinar on BEAM Exchange here