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USAID Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Policy

Review the policy that provides the vision for USAID’s work to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment around the world.


The four strategic objectives of the USAID Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Policy are:

  1. Reduce gender disparities in who accesses, controls, and benefits from economic, social, political, legal, educational, health, and cultural resources, as well as wealth, opportunities, and services. 
  2. Strive to eliminate gender-based violence (GBV) and mitigate its harmful effects on individuals and communities, so all people can live free from violence.
  3. Increase the capability of women and girls to fully exercise their rights, determine their life outcomes, assume leadership roles, and influence decision-making in households, communities, and societies. 
  4. Advance structural changes that address the root causes of gender inequality and promote equitable gender norms.