The year 2020 marked the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, an agenda considered a landmark for advancing gender equality. Unfortunately, 2020 also ushered in a deadly pandemic, COVID-19, whose wide-reaching effects have disproportionately impacted women and girls globally, including a surge in domestic violence cases.

In order to regain lost ground and continue making progress, we need to ensure a just and gender-inclusive recovery. Throughout this guide, you will find numerous stories of successful strategies for ending gender-based violence. In addition, in the back of this guide you will find a full directory of Global Washington’s more than 160 members, including contact information and descriptions of their work.

2021: A Focus on Ending Gender-Based Violence

Gender bias undermines our social fabric and wastes the incredible potential of half the world’s population. Women’s rights are human rights, and together we can “eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation,” as outlined in Target 5.2 of Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality. The following articles, previously published by Global Washington, represent the work that Washington state organizations are doing to end gender-based violence globally.

Read the 2021 Global Philanthropy Guide at Global WA.