To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much the UK Government has spent in the last 10 years on tackling violence against women and girls in Afghanistan; and what comparative assessment he has made of the level of violence against women and girls in that country (a) five years ago and (b) in 2021.
All our programming, including on health and education, considers gender equality, and our work to promote peace benefits all Afghans.UK Government spending to tackle violence against women and girls in Afghanistan has supported more than 28,000 survivors of Gender Based Violence to access health care, counselling, basic legal guidance, and referrals to law enforcement and housing. Additionally, the UK has addressed root causes through the UK's ground breaking What Works to Prevent Violence Programme, which received £25 million globally between 2014-20, with a further £67.5 million committed in 2021. Rates of violence against women and girls are estimated to continue to be high in Afghanistan. It is likely that rates increased during the COVID-19 pandemic as they did elsewhere in the world. We are also concerned that they are increasing with the resurgence in insecurity.