UK Launches New Global Women, Girls Strategy On International Women's Day


(MENAFN- Jordan News Agency)


Amman, Mar. 9 (Petra) -- The United Kingdom has launched a new Women and Girls Strategy to tackle gender inequality across the globe, the British Embassy in Amman announced Thursday.
In a statement, the Embassy indicated that the strategy aims to tackle increasing threats to gender equality from climate change, humanitarian crises, conflicts such as the war in Ukraine, and recent attempts to roll back women's rights.
'Launching on International Women's Day, the new strategy will set out how the UK will work to tackle global gender inequality at every opportunity, including combating attempts to roll back women's rights, and work with partners around the world to do the same. For the first time, this strategy commits the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office to more than 80% of its bilateral aid programs including a focus on gender equality by 2030,' the statement added.
The strategy puts a continued focus on educating girls, empowering women and girls, championing their health and rights, and ending gender-based violence – the challenges the UK believes are most acute.
It commits the FCDO to involve its entire network of high commissions and embassies around the world to deliver the strategy. This will include UK heads of mission developing plans and commitments specific to their host country and raising the most pressing issues with their host governments. The UK will also develop an ambitious new research offer to help the UK and its partners make investment decisions.
Alongside the strategy, UK's Foreign Secretary James Cleverly will announce a new women's sexual and reproductive health and rights program focused on sub-Saharan Africa, which has some of the highest rates of child marriage and maternal mortality in the world. Reaching up to 10.4 million women, the program will receive up to £200 million and is expected to prevent up to 30,600 maternal deaths, 3.4 million unsafe abortions, and 9.5 million unintended pregnancies.
Separately, the UK is also increasing support for women's rights organizations and movements, recognizing their critical role in advancing gender equality and protecting rights, and amplifying grassroots women's and girls' voices. Most of this £38 million program will be delivered through a new partnership with the Equality Fund.

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