Little is known about the economic dimension of girls’ GBV risk, despite the clear relationship between economic insecurity and some forms of GBV, and despite girls themselves consistently identifying livelihoods as a top priority. These resources show how economic strengthening can achieve change, and how lessons from the development sector intersect with knowledge from humanitarian contexts.
Conflict and displacement exacerbate economic insecurity and reduce safe livelihood options. As a result, girls may be forced to resort to harmful measures to survive, such as transactional sex, dangerous labor migration or low-paying work in the informal economy, where unsafe carries a heightened risk of sexual violence and exploitation.
Like provision of food, water and shelter, protection from GBV can be a lifesaving intervention and must be prioritized as such. And while humanitarians agree on the need to build girls’ human, social, financial and physical assets, they acknowledge that economic assets are the least understood.
For details, download Empowered and Safe: Economic Strengthening for Girls in Emergencies.
For details, download Empowered and Safe: Theory of Change.