Gender-based violence (GBV) is a phenomenon that transcends social, economic, and geographic borders and impacts girls, women, men, boys, and gender nonconforming individuals all over the world. GBV and harmful pracices are rooted in power imbalances between the sexes and are fueled by muliple factors, including social and cultural norms, social acceptance of harmful pracices, and insuicient legal protecions. GBV and harmful pracices disproporionately impact girls and women. Conlict, natural disasters, displacement, breakdown of social systems, disrupions in community protecion, and upended law enforcement all exacerbate the prevalence and impact of GBV and
harmful practices. Recognizing these drivers is a step toward lessening the vulnerability of girls,
women, and marginalized populations. This policy brief discusses strategies to strengthen the prevention of and response to GBV and harmful practices at all levels of society.