Violence against women and girls: addressing violence against women and girls in education programming

This 2 part guidance note is part of a series of DFID guidance notes on violence against women and girls. It focuses specifically on how to address VAWG in education programming.



Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is the most widespread form of abuse worldwide, affecting one third of all women in their lifetime. Violence and abuse in education settings violates women and girls’ human rights and can have a negative impact on their educational experience and long-term outcomes. In line with its international and national commitments, preventing VAWG is a top priority for the UK government and DFID’s Ministerial team.

This 2 part guidance note is part of a series of DFID guidance notes on VAWG. It focuses specifically on how to address VAWG in education programming, where DFID aims to make progress towards 2 key impacts:

  1. Girls and boys gain valuable knowledge, skills and self-confidence through education in gender-responsive environments free from all forms of violence or threat of violence
  2. Education systems, through formal and informal settings, actively contribute to the development of more gender-equitable societies, where VAWG is not tolerated

This guidance note aims to provide practical advice and tips to support DFID advisors and programme managers and other UK government departments to strengthen the impact of education programmes in addressing VAWG.

Part A sets out the strategic rationale and broad approach to addressing VAWG in education programming and covers the following:

  • rationale for education programmes to address VAWG
  • addressing VAWG through education programmes: the challenges
  • DFID’s vision and key outcome areas to address VAWG through education programming
  • principles to guide education programming related to VAWG
  • calculating Value for Money (VfM) of VAWG interventions (see Annex)

Part B provides specific guidance on designing programmes for each key outcome area:

  • outcome-specific challenges
  • developing an engagement strategy – which sets out specific questions to be analysed in order to decide where and how to intervene
  • options for intervention
  • case studies of promising practices and lessons learned
  • mini theories of change for each outcome
  • examples of indicators
Published 10 June 2014