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“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

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

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

Support for LBT survivors of violence in Albania

Friday, June 2, 2017

“ Thanks to this programme I am better equipped to deal with [the] LBT community needs and help women who are victims of violence .” Flavia Tiona*, psychology specialist in Shkodra Lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LBT) women in Albania experience high levels of violence in families, the public space, and state institutions. Data indicates that one in four women in Albania has experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence in their lifetime. More

In the words of Ani Jilozian: “Ultimately, this violence stems from patriarchy”

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ani JIlozan, 31, is the Research and Data Specialist at the Women’s Support Center in Armenia, which has been supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), for the period of 2015-2017. More

Stopping chhaupadi: a harmful traditional practice in Nepal

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

As soon as Kapetha F. started menstruating, she was banished to the “chhaupadi”—an isolated shed outside her village—until she stopped bleeding. Alone in this shed, she was to have no contact with her family and denied nutritious food. More

Generating funds to end violence against women and girls

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Awareness of the pandemic of violence against women and girls has grown in recent years but robust financial commitments to organizations working to prevent and end this human rights violation, have not followed. As a result, subsequent funding limitations for operational as well as for programmatic activities put the transformative potential of particularly grassroots women’s organizations at risk. Yet, these are the very organizations whose work is on the forefront of immediate and long... More

Tanzania: Making markets safer for women traders

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Women working in the informal sector – often the only opportunity for employment for many women in Tanzania – are disproportionately affected by violence. The informal and often unregulated nature of such working environments is additionally aggravated by the absence of mechanisms to report violence and protect women from harassment. In order to meet the needs of women who are often exposed to both violence and economic instability, Equality for Growth is implementing Give Payment, Not Abuse: Protecting Informal Women Traders in Dar es Salaam from Violence against Women, a project based in six markets in Dar es Salaam and funded by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund). More

Mongolia: Preventing violence in schools

Friday, February 24, 2017

“I was appalled to find out how shockingly low my understanding of sex versus gender and gender-based violence was! I considered myself as a normal, nice person. However, after attending Gender-Based Violence Training of Trainers, I realised that I have been discriminating and oppressing kids.” Narantuya R., a teacher at Gun Galuutai School in Mongolia’s Baganuur district, was describing the impact of “Securing state investment in awareness raising on violence prevention in schools”, a project run by the Mongolian Women’s Fund (MONES) and supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women (UN Trust Fund) with the aim to stop and prevent school related gender-based violence. More

Indigenous women take to radio to say, 'no more violence' in Nicaragua

Monday, February 13, 2017

“It makes us happy that we hear the men from our communities are listening to the radio and saying ‘no more violence’ and acknowledging that women have rights.” This is how Luisa Ruiz* described the change brought to her community by the “Voices of the Women of Wangki Tangni” project, which established the first radio station to focus on women’s rights in the North Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua. Valerie Carero*, another avid listener, said: “We... More

Ending harmful traditional widowhood practices in Togo

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

After Nadege’s husband died, her community forced her to have sex with a man they selected and made her live in isolation in her village in south Togo. "The widowhood rituals took three years,” she recalled sadly. Although Togolese law gives women the right to refuse these harmful practices, the torturous rituals persist in a majority of tribal, rural communities. Just when grieving women are at their most vulnerable, they face extreme forms of discrimination and violence. In... More

London College of Fashion: Orange Label competition interviews with winners

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Students who won their category in the competition Fashion Says NO to Violence against Women organized by London College of Fashion (LCF) – part of the UN Trust Fund’s unique cause-marketing Orange Label   initiative – explained the thinking behind their winning entries. Sumedha Chandra Sekhar from the Pearl Academy in Delhi, India, who won the journalism category with “Breaking the Myth: Fallen Princess”, said: “ I hope my article helps others... More

Orange Label: London College of Fashion Competition Winners

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Fashion students from around the world participated in the competition “Fashion Says NO to Violence against Women” organized by London College of Fashion (LCF), a partner of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The competition encouraged participants to produce a piece of work that engaged new audiences to raise awareness and resources about the issue. This is part of the UN Trust Fund’s unique Orange Label cause marketing initiative. More

Press release: Luminaries, activists and artistes come together to spotlight life-changing interventions on ending the pandemic of violence against women and girls

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Press release: Luminaries, activists and artistes come together to spotlight life-changing interventions on ending the pandemic of violence against women and girls. UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman co-hosts star-studded gala to mark 20 years of grant-making through UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. More

The Story Kitchen: hearing herstory

Monday, October 31, 2016

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) is supporting a three-year project by The Story Kitchen called SAHAS (Courage) for Justice: Sharing and Amplifying Her Allegorical Stories for Justice. More

UN Trust Fund Knowledge Exchange Event, 12-14 October 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sixteen inspiring UN Trust Fund-supported organizations were in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina last week, sharing their experiences of delivering services to women survivors of violence in 10 countries and territories in Europe and Central Asia. They were joined by NGOs from Bosnia and Herzegovina, partners from the Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Embassies, and UN staff. More

Orange Label

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

An eye-catching Orange Label, the result of a partnership between the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) and the UK-based London College of Fashion, will soon adorn a variety of garments and other goods around the world. The label, designed by students at the college, symbolizes a commitment to a bright future free from violence against women and girls. More

Commitment to End Violence against Refugee Women and Girls

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

On 20 September 2016, at the 12th and final Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) joined No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, Vital Voices Global Partnership, WEConnect International and a coalition of more than 30 core partners from the public, private and multilateral sectors, to announce a series of Commitments to Action aiming to advance the gender equality targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. More

Empowering Refugee Women and Girls

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

“Whenever my husband beats me, I run here,” said Bu Meh (alias), a Karenni mother of five from Myanmar. She was referring to a community-based multi-sectoral project that works to end violence against women and supports survivors in one of the many Karenni refugee camps dotted along the Thailand-Myanmar border. More

Brazil: The art of preventing violence against women

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Sueny Nogueira, a 25-year-old circus performer in Brazil, has been inspired by projects run by the Casa da Mulher Trabalhadora (CAMTRA – the “House of Women Workers”), an organization that works to prevent violence against marginalized groups of young women in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and build a just and equal society. More

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