Policy Toolkit: Estimating Macroeconomic Loss Due to Violence Against Women and Girls
Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a widely recognised human rights violation with serious consequences for the health and well-being of women, with ramifications for households, businesses, communities and society overall. Even though violence against women is widely accepted as a fundamental human right and public health issue, its wider impact on development is being recognised only recently. There are only few studies that estimate the costs of VAWG.
In order to fill this gap and to provide robust evidence on the economic impact of violence against women on broader national economies, the UK Department of International Development funded and supported in-depth studies on the economic and social costs of violence against women in Ghana, Pakistan and South Sudan as part of its global What Works to Prevent Violence Programme.