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Policy Briefs

FUTURES has witnessed the limitations of our workforce development system, which impacts the ability of survivors to access and successfully complete job training or education requirements. Survivors of gender-based violence and harassment often face unique barriers to accessing job training, education, and stable employment that our workforce development system fails to adequately address. Read our Workforce Development Recommendations here.

Violent conflict, a devastating drought, and food insecurity affecting over half the population in Afghanistan are driving one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. Assessments indicate this emergency will exponentially grow as Afghanistan’s economy teeters on the edge of total collapse and the country remains almost entirely dependent on external aid. Urgent action is needed to address the looming famine and avert a humanitarian catastrophe that will impact women and girls and other marginalized groups the most.

The Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls Globally welcomes the Biden Administration’s Executive Order on the Establishment of the White House Gender Policy Council and commitment to prevent and respond to all forms of gender-based violence (GBV) globally.

Since the start of the crisis, COVID-19 has generated countless headlines, with most focusing on public health challenges, the economic downturn, and efforts to encourage social distancing. A less talked about, but no less important topic, is how the pandemic threatens the safety and security of children.

COVID-19 has already had undeniable impacts on women, girls, and others around the world, including genderbased violence. In just the first few weeks of the crisis, communities globally – including in the United States – have witnessed an increase in gender-based violence (GBV) such as intimate partner violence while struggling with the loss of traditional safety networks, resources, and services.