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UN Trust Fund launches its Annual Report 2017

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Every year is dubbed “a year like no other”, but 2017 truly was more dramatic than many other years in recent memory. It was a year we won't soon forget. From world leaders who set out their visions for a new national populism, to a renewed threat of nuclear war, to terrible tragedies like the fire in London’s 24-storey Grenfell Tower, to mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas, to terrorist attacks in popular tourist destinations like Barcelona (Spain) London and Manchester (United Kingdom), New York (USA) and Stockholm (Sweden) – not to mention a total solar eclipse. These were just some of the key events that hit the headlines. And then, of course, there was the Harvey Weinstein scandal. More

Case Study: Leaving no one behind in Cairo

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

In the informal settlements of Ezbet El-Haggana and El-Marg in Cairo, which are home to about one million people, women and girls from some of the most marginalized communities often struggle with poverty, high rates of illiteracy, and barriers to medical, legal and economic services. Starting in 2015, the Al-Shehab Institution for Comprehensive Development, funded by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), established a community drop-in centre focused on providing essential services for women and girl survivors of violence, women living with HIV/AIDS and those at risk, as well as for women domestic workers. More

Case Study: Ending violence against women and girls in humanitarian crises

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The continuing mass movement of people to escape war, insecurity and hunger has created numerous humanitarian crises. Women and girls, who currently comprise almost half of the 258 million migrants and half of the 25.9 million refugees worldwide, [1] find themselves with a heightened risk of violence. Support services are often absent or limited, just when they are most needed, and women’s voices and priorities are often missing from policies that do exist.   In response, the UN... More

Case Study: Mobilizing communities: Ending violence against older women in Moldova

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Older women can experience the same forms of violence as younger women and girls do, but the intersections of ageism and sexism, as well as factors such as illness, disability, isolation and widowhood increase the risk of violence to older women. More

Case Study: Advocating for services and legislation to protect survivors of violence in Ecuador

Monday, May 14, 2018

ACDemocracia works to mobilize communities and train leaders. So far, within the framework of the UN Trust Fund- supported project, they have trained 313 women leaders of organizations in the National Coalition of women’s groups to increase their capacity to advocate for women’s rights and specifically for the adoption of comprehensive legislation for the prevention and eradication of violence against women in the country. They also trained 54 government officials, 49 reporters and 532 university students. More

Case Study: UN Trust Fund's Annual Partner Survey Results

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

“Funding from the UN Trust Fund enabled our organization to close gaps that used to exist within our work and in the country concerning violence against women, gender-based violence, and girls and women with disabilities.” – UN Trust Fund grantee The second anonymous annual partner survey of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), conducted in December 2017, shows that grantees are highly satisfied. More

Case Study: Zero tolerance: ending violence against marginalized women in China

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

“Zero tolerance is the goal, public participation is the method”, said Zhao Li, a grassroots activist in China. China’s first law on domestic violence was passed in December 2015, but implementation is yet to include all those at risk. Organizations like Equality , a small feminist NGO, are working to ensure that the law is applied consistently in all cases of violence, while providing support to survivors, especially to women and girls from underserved communities. More

Event: Using data and evidence to scale-up, replicate and sustain project results

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

On 15 March 2018, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) organized an informal discussion and knowledge sharing session on “Why data and evidence matters in UN Trust Fund projects: how to use data and evidence to effectively scale-up, replicate and sustain project results, and make the case for reinvestment.” This was the fourth in a series of UN Trust Fund organized informal brownbag events hosted in conjunction with the 62 nd Session of the Commission on... More

Event: Empowering refugee women and girl survivors of violence

Thursday, March 15, 2018

On 12 March 2018, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) hosted “Bridging Development and Humanitarian Assistance” , an event which brought together several of its grantees that are working to end violence against women and girls in the context of the current forced displacement and refugee crisis. More

Event: Collaborating across sectors to build a world free of human trafficking

Friday, March 9, 2018

A one-day conference at UN Women’s Headquarters in New York on 9 March 2018 discussed and agreed on collaborative modalities to tackle human trafficking and modern slavery.* Co-hosted by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) and the UK-based Shiva Foundation, the event brought together the hospitality industry, the private sector, civil society, Government representatives and the UN to design joint efforts to end this human rights violation. More

Case Study: Mayan women in rural Guatemala seek justice to end violence

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Women’s Justice Initiative (WJI), supported by a small grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), is working with Mayan women and girls in 18 rural communities in Guatemala’s Patzún municipality. WJI’s programme combines legal literacy courses with mobile legal outreach, and is the only organization taking action to prevent violence against women in these 18 rural indigenous communities. More

Event: Conference to tackle human trafficking and modern slavery

Thursday, February 8, 2018

On 9 March 2018, in the run-up to the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) and Shiva Foundation will host a one-day conference at UN Women Headquarters to map spaces for collaborative efforts between NGOs, Governments, the private sector and the UN system to tackle human trafficking and modern slavery. More

Case Study: A conversation with Dr. Isatou Touray

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) supported GAMCOTRAP’s project “Advancing Women’s Rights and Ending Harmful Traditional Practices through Rights Education” in the Gambia from 2015-2017. An estimated three in four women and nearly half of all girls in the Gambia have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), which causes irreversible harm to women and girls. Dr Touray spoke to the UN Trust Fund to explain the... More

Case Study: Ending harmful traditional practices in Mali

Monday, February 5, 2018

“We decided to abandon these practices” – Boubacar Sissoko, a village chief, said about the harmful traditional practice of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, which is inflicted on 89 per cent of women and girls in Mali. More

Case Study: Cambodia: Ensuring survivors have access to the services they deserve

Thursday, January 25, 2018

World Hope International (WHI), a grantee of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), is working to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of service provision to survivors of violence in Cambodia, with the aim of ending and preventing violence. “Government social workers assigned to communes [small groups of villages] have a broad mandate”, says WHI Cambodia Director Talmage Payne, “[as] they work with youth, veterans, women and children”. This affects service providers’ ability and preparedness to respond to the specific needs of each of these constituencies. More

Case Study: Empowering older women through intergenerational solidarity building in Peru

Monday, December 11, 2017

Nicolasa Palomino Cárdenas, aged 87, suffered violence during the internal armed conflict that blighted Peru from around 1980 to 2000. She was speaking at a programme set up in two regions of Peru by the Red Nacional de Promocion de la Mujer (RNPM) supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. More

Event: Press release: Fundraising gala showcases solutions in preventing and ending violence against women and girls worldwide

Monday, November 27, 2017

At a powerful event bringing forth the voices of survivors and focused on innovative solutions, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women held a fundraising gala in London, United Kingdom, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November). More

Case Study: “Here the Walls Have Ears”

Friday, September 15, 2017

Photo: MDRI/ Viktor Ljevar " Our rights were violated. We could not set our goals, make decisions, fight for us and others .” These are the words of Edith Vera* a woman who spent over 20 years in residential institutions in Serbia. Women with mental disabilities held in Serbia’s institutions often suffer multiple forms of violence. A recent study by Mental Disability Rights Initiative-Serbia (MDRI-S) uncovered multiple forms of violence, including forced medical... More

Case Study: In The Words Of Pari Ibrahim

Friday, August 18, 2017

In the Words of Pari Ibrahim The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) is supporting the Free Yezidi Foundation (FYF), an independent, non-profit organization that provides services for the Yezidi community, including women survivors of violence, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Pari Ibrahim , 27, the founder and Executive Director of the FYF, spoke to the UN Trust Fund about the situation of Yezidis and the work of the Foundation. More

Case Study: UN Trust Fund support helps organizations raise capacity and funds

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

UN Trust Fund support helps organizations raise capacity and funds “With the support and help of the UN Trust Fund in terms of results-based project management we expect to achieve our results with even more beneficiaries than expected.” UN Trust Fund grantee, 2016 A key aim of the UN Trust Fund is to build the capacity of grantee organizations to sustain their achievements beyond the duration of the project. In an annual partner survey comprising 20 questions, we asked... More

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