Based on reports and recent speeches by the Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, the government is exploring a ‘radical review’ of the International Development Strategy that would prioritise creating opportunities for women and girls over global health and climate change.
While a commitment to women and girls is always welcome, broader cuts to UK Aid have a direct impact on the most marginalised women, with cuts to specific gender interventions, including Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) negatively impacting gender equality as a whole.
Deprioritising issues like global health, climate change and conflict prevention will cost lives. People living in the poorest communities are disproportionately impacted by climate change and a diversion of funds away from tackling these issues is short-sighted. Redistributing funding from one crisis to allocate to another, does not save more lives nor does it help to alleviate more people from poverty. Moreover, it does not help women and girls in the long term.