From insight
to impact

Through What Works to Prevent Violence, we strive to eliminate violence against women and girls on a global scale

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A human right

A life free of violence and discrimination is the right of every woman and girl.

1 in 3 women

And yet worldwide 33% of women experience physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner.

No country or context is immune.

So what works?

Rigorously evaluated projects under Phase 1 of What Works reduced violence by as much as 50% in 2-3 years, showing that violence against women and girls is preventable. With increased investment, we can do it in this lifetime.

Pathways to scale

The ‘What Works to Prevent Violence – Impact at Scale’ Programme is a seven-year initiative funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) that builds on the success of its predecessor (‘What Works 1’) to scale-up effective prevention of violence against women and girls. We aim to achieve scale through the following pathways:


Expand effective VAWG prevention interventions in the original setting (e.g. taking an existing project to a larger scale, such as from district to province).


Combine effective VAWG prevention interventions across sectors (schools, livelihoods, workplaces) to deepen impact in specific contexts.


Adapt and replicate effective VAWG prevention interventions across contexts/countries to empower communities around the world.

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By supporting key priority areas, shared learnings drive global impact around the world

Our Grantee Partners

Our grants include Innovation and Scale grants across a number of focus areas. In our first funding round, eight grants have been awarded. More will be announced soon, and the second funding round will open in 2024.

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Coming Soon - 'Window 2' Request for Proposals

Our second funding window will open soon. 

£67.5 million

Over 7 years to prevent and contribute to eliminating violence against women and girls

Two funding windows

8 grants awarded in the first round and more to be announced soon

11 global partners

Comprised of the world’s leading experts on ending violence against women and girls