Gender-based Violence and Reproductive Health

Gender inequality is a cause of poverty, and an estimated 70% of the world’s poor are women. Two of NCA’s global programmes address gender justice specifically: Gender-based Violence (GBV) and Reproductive Health. These programmes are designed to easily facilitate intra-programme linkages and synergies. Several country programmes have used outcomes from both the GBV and Reproductive Health programmes to tailor-make their approach. New to this strategic period was the inclusion of issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in both programmes. Also new is enhanced attention to GBV in humanitarian response and a stronger integration of GBV into WASH programmes. NCA staff and partners’ engagement on sensitive SRHR issues at the national and global levels, particularly in dialogue with faith-based actors and religious leaders, has also increased in the current period. This initiative is a follow up of NCA’s Board’s policies on SRHR from 2012 and 2014.