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 and to affect people of all genders worldwide, 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 worldwide2; and in the UK approximately 30 women attempt suicide as a result of experiencing domestic violence every day.3 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.4
We’re proud that Comic Relief has been funding programmes tackling gender-based violence and supporting women and girl’s empowerment since we began. We know it is important to work with others at a local level, embedding a community-coordinated response to bring about systemic and behavioural change. Ensuring women & girls voices are heard, that they are involved in policy conversations and hold decision-making positions at all levels is essential to driving change.
Research shows that government responses to violence against women and girls is more effective and robust in countries with vibrant, active feminist movements and we are committed to fostering women’s rights movements in the countries where we fund. This will include important work with men and boys to address the impact of gender norms.
Through partnerships, we are interested in contributing to change in the following areas:
1. Report of the Secretary-General, "Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals", E/2017/66
2. 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’
3. Walby, S. (2004), The cost of domestic violence. Women and Equality Unit
4. ‘Feminist mobilisation and progressive policy change: why governments take action to combat violence against women’ Weldon and Htun, 2013 – Gender & Development