UK Government decisions to cut UK Aid are disproportionately falling on women and girls

UK Aid cuts, and the way they are being implemented, will have wide-ranging and long-standing impacts on the world’s poorest people – in particular, women and girls. Analysis of estimated funding between 2019 and 2022 compared to 2015 to 2018, indicates that gender equality focused programming is being severely affected, and women and girls will suffer most from reductions in funding to critical sectors. This will result in an estimated 20 million women and girls who won’t be reached by programming. 

This briefing outlines evidence, analysis and case studies of UK Aid programmes for gender equality which have been cut, and the impact of these decisions. Reduced support for areas including girls' education, sexual and reproductive health and rights and humanitarian action will impact on women and girls and put lives at risk. 
  • Countries: Global
  • Published: May 2021

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