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, managed by UN Women on behalf of the UN system, is the only global grant-making mechanism dedicated to eradicating all forms of violence against women and girls. Since its establishment in 1996 by UN General Assembly resolution 50/166, the UN Trust Fund has awarded USD 198 million to 609 initiatives in 140 countries and territories. In 2020, it managed a grants portfolio of 150 projects aimed at preventing and addressing violence against women and girls in 71 countries and territories.

Focusing on preventing violence, implementing laws and policies, and improving access to vital services for survivors, the UN Trust Fund invests in life-changing initiatives for millions of women and girls around the world. Over two decades of persistent effort from global activists have resulted in improved international legislative frameworks and standards on ending violence against women and girls, as well as an increased political will to address the issue. Yet, resources to translate these successes into effective practices remain woefully inadequate and far below the demand arising from the field.

An estimated 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence, according to a 2013 global review commissioned by the World Health Organization. No country is untouched by this grave human rights violation.

The UN Trust Fund takes a human rights approach towards the goal of ending violence against women and girls. Its work contributes to achieving the bold 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development agreed by UN member states in 2015, specifically focusing on targets related to ending violence against women.

These ambitions must be met by robust funding, but challenges remain. A survey by the philanthropic Foundation Center found that in 2014, only 8 per cent of all human rights-related donations by private foundations is allocated to ending violence against women and girls. In other words, of every US$100 raised for human rights, just US$8 goes to efforts to end violence against women and girls.

The UN Trust Fund is committed to advocating for adequate, sustainable funding for efforts to end violence against women and girls. It is committed to funding organizations that are operating at the grassroots level, focused on women’s rights, and that are women-led. The UN Trust Fund invests in sustainable change through demand-driven initiatives implemented by civil society organizations around the world.

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

For information on grant applications, visit Application Guidelines.