Gender-based violence (GBV) and violence against women and girls are some of the most egregious manifestations of gender inequality and barriers to women’s equal participation in social, economic, and political spheres.

According to the World Health Organization approximately 30% of women have been subjected to physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner or non-partner during their lifetimes. The impacts of gender-based violence on human capital, health, and well-being of women create obstacles in our efforts to achieve gender equity and the Sustainable Development Goals.

As a complex development challenge, GBV is best addressed when multiple sectors and organizations work together on prevention, mitigation, and response strategies.

The Multilateral Financial Institutions (MFIs) Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment (SEA/SH) Working Group addresses a gap in the financial development sector by influencing institutional change, investments, and stakeholder engagement on the SEA/SH agenda.

This platform is a joint initiative of 12 MFIs to strengthen joint approaches in addressing SEA/SH in development operations. It seeks to collect and share publicly available resources produced by the MFIs to further our work on SEA/SH with partners in public and private sector development operations and contexts.

SEA/SH Working Group Members

Glossary and Abbreviations

Multilateral Financial Institutions (MFIs) in the MFI SEA/SH Working Group use different terminologies to reference how we address Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) and Sexual Harassment (SH) in development operations.

For more information, please refer to the United Nations Glossary on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.