Gender Equality in all accounts

$1.3 billion*

Minimum Requirement for American Leadership

Decades of research and experience show that investing in the empowerment of women and girls is critical to reducing global poverty and increasing peace and security at home and abroad.

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Justification for Funding

  • Women and girls are disproportionately affected by the world’s greatest development and humanitarian challenges. They are more likely to live in poverty, die in a natural disaster, experience gender-based violence in conflict and emergency settings, be forced into child marriage, trafficked for labor and sexual exploitation, and be denied educational and economic opportunities.
  • A peace agreement is 35% more likely to last at least 15 years if women are involved in its creation, according to a study of 40 peace processes in 35 countries over the course of three decades.
  • Women with more economic opportunities and freedom from gender-based violence contribute more to their families, communities, and national economies. It has been shown that women invest extra income in their children, providing a route to sustained development.
  • More accessible educational opportunities for girls means that they are more likely to avoid child marriage. As a result, they will likely have healthier babies, avoid sexually transmitted infections and domestic violence, and seek out income-generating livelihoods to benefit themselves and their communities.

Cost of Cuts Below $1.3 Billion

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  • The costs of cutting gender funding are stark. Cuts in international development assistance for gender equality would hamstring women entrepreneurs and small shareholder farmer who are involved in village savings and loans associations, employment initiatives, and networking for greater market access.
  • Cuts would shrink girls’ access to quality education and continued enrollment into secondary education. Fewer adolescent girls and their social networks would learn about the consequences of HIV transmissions, child marriage, gender norms, and early pregnancy.
  • Efforts to prevent and respond to gender-based violence would be stymied, and life-saving assistance to women and girls in conflict and emergencies would be significantly diminished.


$1.9 billion

Opportunity to Catalyze American Leadership


Justification for Additional Funding

  • The U.S. has become a key player in global efforts to promote gender equality, decrease gender-based violence and child marriage, end maternal mortality and promote women’s participation. Increasing American investments in women and girls are critical to ensuring U.S. global leadership, economic growth around the world, peaceful transitions of power, countering violent extremism, and more.
  • The U.S. government’s work with women and girls has proven to have a multiplier effect that magnify the initial investment. Robust funding for gender programming that is strategic, coordinated, and easy to track, monitor, and evaluate, will improve the effectiveness of U.S. assistance and elevate our leadership. 

Impact of 46% More Funding

$8 trillion
is the estimated global economic impact of gender-based violence.

  • In Niger, preliminary estimates indicate that eliminating child marriage could, between years 2014 to 2030, lead to benefits valued at more than $25 billion.
  • Making agricultural resources and services equally available to women as they are to men could reduce the number of hungry people in the world by 100-150 million.
  • A survey of 14 countries reveals that closing the inactivity gap between girls and boys would yield an increase in GDP of up to 5.4%. When accounting for students, wage gaps, and labor demand elasticities, shrinking the joblessness gap between men and women yields a 1.2% GDP increase in a single year.
  • In 2015, the McKinsey Global Institute found that if “women participate in the economy identically to men…it would add up to $28 trillion, or 26%, to the annual GDP in 2025 compared with a ‘business-as-usual’ scenario.”

*Enacted FY17 Appropriation

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