We want all women and girls, both collectively and individually, to have equal power and agency in decision making at all levels
We want the elimination of violence and discrimination based on gender and sexuality
Despite some notable progress towards addressing gender disparities across the globe since the 1970s, inequalities continue to persist, violating basic human rights and perpetuating poverty and inequity.
Globally, the average amount of time spent on unpaid domestic and care work is more than three times higher for women than men1
gender-based violence is a global epidemic, with 1 in 3 women affected worldwide
in England and Wales an average of two women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week2
These are shocking statistics. However, limited funding goes towards feminist movements and women’s rights organisations, despite the clear evidence that this is critical in creating and sustaining transformative change for women and girls.
We know it is important to work with other organisations and partners at a local level, supporting a community-coordinated response to bring about systemic and behavioural change. Ensuring women and girls don’t just have their voices heard but are involved in policy conversations and hold decision-making positions at all levels.
Research shows that government responses to violence against women and girls are more effective and robust in countries with vibrant, active feminist movements and we are committed to supporting women’s rights movements in the countries where we fund.
Through partnerships, we are interested in contributing to change in the following areas:
We’re proud that Comic Relief has been funding programmes tackling gender-based violence and supporting women and girl’s activism and empowerment since we began.
In the UK we have:
Internationally, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa, we have:
1. WHO 2017 ‘Global estimates published by WHO indicate that about 1 in 3 (35%) of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime’