The economic cost of violence against women and girls has been estimated to range between 1.2 and 3.7% of GDP. Women and girls experience violence in the home, workplace, in market places and on the way to work. This not only restricts their ability to earn an income, but also restricts business productivity, profitability and prospects for economic growth.
A new guidance note, developed by the UK Department for International Development, teases out the complex relationship between economic development, economic empowerment and violence against women, and provides practical advice on how to include elements that could help to prevent VAWG, into wider projects devoted to economic empowerment and growth.
It can be accessed here.