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Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York visits UN Trust Fund grantees in Serbia

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

HRH Princess Eugenie of York visited grantees of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) in Belgrade, Serbia on 11 September 2018. During the visit of NGOs, ASTRA and ATINA, Princess Eugenie was introduced to the work of organizations that are changing the lives of victims/survivors of trafficking in human beings for the better, creating safe spaces for recovery and opportunities for socio-economic reintegration. A supporter of the UN Trust Fund and co-founder of UK based The Anti-Slavery Collective, Princess Eugenie engages with organizations working to end modern slavery and human trafficking. More

Event: Yazidi Genocide Remembrance

Friday, August 3, 2018

On 1 August 2018, ahead of the fourth anniversary of the ISIS attack on the Yazidi* community in Sinjar, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten and Free Yezidi Foundation Executive Director Pari Ibrahim participated in a panel discussion to mark and remember the genocide victims. More

New funding to prevent and end violence against women and girls with disabilities

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) announces nine new grants for projects working to prevent and end violence against women and girls with disabilities, worth a total of US$2.9 million.* 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

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

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

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

Case Study: 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

Case Study: 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

Event: 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

Case Study: 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

Case Study: 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

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

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