Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response

Understand USAID's definition of gender-based violence (GBV) and take advantage of their thought leadership and technical support for GBV prevention and response activities around the world.


USAID is committed to preventing and responding to GBV around the world. It is a human rights abuse, a public health challenge, and a barrier to civic, social, political, and economic participation and development.

With the Global GBV Strategy, USAID seeks to:

  • Advance equity and inclusivity, and address the specific identity factors that increase the risks of GBV and undermine access to services and safety, particularly for the most marginalized groups;
  • Support expanded approaches for addressing GBV priorities across a range of thematic areas; and
  • Strengthen the commitment and work of the U.S. government to bring to scale what works, enhance our partnerships, and improve our capacity to prevent and respond to GBV.