The United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally builds on an existing foundation, abides by guiding principles and lessons learned, delineates achievable and sustainable objectives and actions for implementation, and provides for metrics to measure the progress of the strategy’s implementation. The 2016 revisions to the strategy are informed by the Department of State and USAID’s three-year Evaluations of the Implementation of the United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally, together with relevant U.S. Government agency input, and a consultative process with civil society and other key stakeholders between August 2015 and May 2016. As an example, evaluations showed a need for more gender-based violence prevention via economic empowerment programs for women and a need for special consideration of the human rights of LGBTI persons within this strategy, and within U.S. foreign policy.
The United States has a strong interest in preventing and responding to gender-based violence around the world. Regardless of the form that gender-based violence takes, it is a human rights abuse, a public health challenge, and a barrier to civic, social, political, and economic participation and development. It is associated with many negative consequences, including adverse physical and mental health outcomes, limited access to education and poorer learning outcomes, increased costs relating to medical and legal services, lost household productivity, and reduced income. Gender-based violence undermines not only the safety, dignity, overall health status, and human rights of the millions of individuals who experience it, but also the public health, economic stability, and security of nations.