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Violence Against Women and Girls

Inquiry Status: Report and Government Response published

The Committee has published the Report into Violence Against Women and Girls and concluded that ending violence against women and girls is the litmus test for whether ‘development’ is working in poor countries such as Afghanistan. MPs on the Committee endorsed a policy framework put in place by UK government to make action to tackle the scourge of violence against women and girls a key priority for the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) in all areas of its work.  

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Young Ethiopian women talk about efforts to end early marriage

On a recent visit to Ethiopia, MPs from the International Development Committee at the House of Commons examined how overseas aid projects funded by the British government work with local communities to challenge attitude to early marriage.

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