US President commits to preventing gender-based violence globally

14 August 2012
Annie Holmes

An estimated one in three women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Noting that violence against women and girls cuts across ethnicity, race, class, religion, education level and international borders, the White House announced an Executive Order signed by President Obama on 10 August. In spelling out mechanisms to implement and prioritise the government's new strategy, the document sends a signal on the official US commitment to address gender-based violence.

The multi-sector approach is intended to:

  • increase coordination of gender-based violence prevention and response efforts among United States Government agencies and with other stakeholders
  • enhance integration of gender-based violence prevention and response efforts into existing US Government work
  • improve the collection, analysis and use of data and research to enhance gender-based violence prevention and response efforts
  • enhance or expand US Government programming that addresses gender-based violence