The United States believes that preventing and responding to gender-based violence around the world is a matter of human rights, justice, equity, and equality. In 2012, the U.S. Congress first requested a “multi-year strategy to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls,” which led to the development of the first U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally. This Strategy, and the subsequent update in 2016, elevated the human rights of women and girls globally as a U.S. national security, diplomatic, and foreign assistance priority. Ten years later, our commitment to this issue remains steadfast and our knowledge of best practices and what works to prevent gender-based violence has grown. Nonetheless, gender-based violence remains all too common around the world, including in the United States.
With this third iteration of the U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally, we seek to: prioritize inclusivity and address the specific identity factors that increase the risks of gender-based violence for various populations and that undermine access to services and safety; support expanded approaches for addressing gender-based violence 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. This Strategy aligns with and furthers the , released in October 2021, and directly responds to , which called for, inter alia, a comprehensive, interagency review and update of this Strategy.