Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

One in three women worldwide suffers some form of violence in her lifetime. By restricting women’s choices and limiting their ability to act, violence against women and girls undermines all other efforts towards a future just society.


Identifying and promoting best policy solutions

In 2014, we honoured the world’s best and most promising policy approaches on ending violence against women and girls with our Future Policy Award in partnership with the Inter-Parliamentary Union and UN Women. Winners reflect the broad spectrum of measures and approaches that are required to achieve true progress towards an end of violence against women and girls. The WFC brings these inspiring solutions to policy-makers around the world.

Laws and policies on ending violence against women and girls need to:

Winners and Jury of the 2014 Future Policy Award © Georges Cabrera

  1. Follow a comprehensive approach based on international standards.
  2. Be transformative, address gendered power relations and the prevention of violence.
  3. Be sustainable and evidence-based, with appropriate resource allocations and monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.
  4. Acknowledge and involve all stakeholders, in particular feminist civil society organisations that have been the driving force behind legal and policy advances and play a key role in ensuring accountability.


Ensuring accountability

The introduction of good laws and policies is only the start. In many countries, good laws have been introduced but implementation is lagging behind. We work with legislators and civil society partners to ensure that laws are actually put in practice and governments are held accountable. In February 2015, WFC Councillors called on world leaders and policy makers to step up action to eradicate female genital mutilation/cutting. The appeal adopted by the delegates of the G7/G20 Parliamentarians Conference “She Matters” in April 2015 calls on governments to prioritise women’s empowerment and ending all forms of violence against women.

The WFC works with partners to ensure that the implementation of the Council of Europe’s “Istanbul Convention”, winner of the Vision Future Policy Award 2014, will be monitored by a strong and effective mechanism.

Advancing the policy agenda towards a world free from violence against women and girls

Violence against women and girls is both a cause and a consequence of gender inequality and, in order to end it, a transformation of gender relations is necessary. This cannot be achieved through any single law or policy. Each is a specific “part of the puzzle” of a range of policy measures that can together lead to an end of violence against women and girls. To strengthen evidence based policy making, certain areas, such as prevention, need particular attention. We are committed to promoting existing solutions and to advance the policy agenda towards a world free from violence against women and girls.

Further Resources

Future Policy Award 2014

Future Justice Means Justice for Women and Girls – article by WFC founder Jakob von Uexküll

Presentations of the winning policies on the WFC’s database for sustainable policy solutions

Watch the high level panel “Violence against Women: Best Laws and Policies - Learning from the winners of the 2014 Future Policy Award” here


The WFC’s Ending Violence Against Women Commission was set up in 2013 and is co-chaired by Councillors Vandana Shiva and Riane Eisler.

For more information, please contact Karin Heisecke at the WFC Head Office.

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