About the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

About the UN Trust Fund

Photo: NFFCK
Photo: UN Trust Fund Grantee/NFFCK, Kyrgyzstan 

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) awards grants to initiatives that demonstrate that violence against women and girls can be systematically addressed, reduced and, with persistence, eliminated.

Since its creation in 1996, the UN Trust Fund has awarded USD 128 million to 462 initiatives in 139 countries and territories. Its current portfolio comprises 120 grants in 80 countries and territories.

Established by UN General Assembly resolution 50/166 and administered by UN Women on behalf of the UN System, the UN Trust Fund works with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments and UN country teams to:

  • prevent violence against women and girls by empowering groups especially at risk of violence, including adolescent girls and indigenous or ethnic minority women, and engaging strategically with boys and men as well as traditional and faith-based leaders to prevent violence;
  • improve access to services, such as legal assistance, psychosocial counselling and health care, by increasing the capacity of service providers to respond effectively to the needs of women and girls affected by violence;
  • strengthen implementation of laws, policies and action plans on violence against women and girls through data collection and analysis, and by ensuring that institutions are more effective, transparent and accountable in addressing violence against women.

In line with the UN Trust Fund’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, work is organized under three pillars:

  • Giving grants
  • Collecting evidence of results and learning lessons
  • Global advocacy to end violence against women and girls

The UN Trust Fund is uniquely placed to meet the most urgent needs of women and girls and their communities. The programmes it supports also advance the goals of the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign.

For financial and programme information, visit the UN Trust Fund’s online grants management system.

For information on grant applications, visit Application Guidelines.