Gender Violence and Health Centre submits evidence to UK Parliament Select Committee

26 April 2013
Alexandra Hyde

The Gender Violence and Health Centre (GVHC) at LSHTM has submitted written evidence to the UK Parliament Select Committee on International Development.  

The Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for International Development (DFID).

The evidence submitted forms part of the Select Committee’s inquiry into violence against women and girls (VAWG). It draws on research by members of the GHVC such as STRIVE research director Charlotte Watts, and publications such as What works to prevent partner violence: An evidence overview by STRIVE chief executive, Lori Heise. The evidence is focused on the following areas:

  • the strength of the UK government’s leadership on VAWG internationally
  • benefits and weaknesses of DFID’s current approach to research and generating evidence to inform policy and programmes
  • underexploited opportunities to create synergies between DFID programme areas and strategies of work
  • broadening DFID’s humanitarian programming on VAWG
  • increasing integration of VAW programming across DFID’s programmes
  • improving policy coherence across Whitehall and the wider UK government 

The report makes a series of recommendations to help DFID tackle violence against women and girls more effectively, and to generate evidence to inform future work and policies.

The report is available on the UK parliament website or to download as a PDF here.