Fighting for Gender Justice


We believe women and girls should have equal power and agency in decisions, so we've set the following goals 


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We want all women and girls, both collectively and individually, to have equal power and agency in decision making at all levels

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We want the elimination of violence and discrimination based on gender and sexuality

What is the problem we're responding to? 

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


How will we contribute to change? 

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. Supporting women and girls to be safe, healthy, educated and able to be independent with control over their lives
  2. Reducing incidents of gender-based violence, persecution based on sexuality and harmful traditional practice 
  3. Increasing the evidence of what works in developing women-led movements for social change that influence policy, and lead in developing and modelling best practice
  4. Supporting feminist organisations with the resilience and capabilities to drive change
  5. Shifting public attitudes and improving understanding about the influence of gender norms on choices and life outcomes
  6. Supporting a diverse range of women’s rights organisations to fight against systems which perpetuate the injustices they encounter in their daily lives


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

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