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The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) launches its Annual Report for 2021, the first year of its new Strategic Plan (2021-2025).
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This synthesis brings together the voices of key civil society organization practitioners and their practice-based knowledge to explore and to better understand how they contribute to legal and policy systems change.
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This working paper draws from the work and experience of 13 grantees (UN Country office teams, civil society organizations and government institutions) supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) to implement projects in the ECA region between 2007 and 2016.
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This synthesis review contributes to this focus on service provision but explores it through the lens of civil society organizations, learning from 11 projects implemented by 8 CSOs that received funding from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women;
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This synthesis review focuses on the role of schools as an entry point to end violence against girls and draws on the work of 51 organizations funded by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women.
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This synthesis review focuses on the role of police as an entry point to end violence against women and girls and draws on the work of 52 organizations funded by the UN Trust Fund globally.
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This paper commissioned by the UN Trust Fund to End to Violence against Women (UN Trust Find), presents an external literature review by an external consultant on feminist and women’s movements in the context of ending violence against women and girls.
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This synthesis review draws on the experiences and practice-based knowledge of civil society organizations, especially women’s rights organizations supported by the UN Trust Fund, to document the impact on and adaptations to prevention programmes during the COVID-19 pandemic across the world.
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Report of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women on the activities of the United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women 2021.
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In Cambodia, ADD International implemented the three-year project “Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls with Disabilities in Cambodia: A Community Mobilisation Model” with the support of the UN Trust Fund. The project aimed to prevent and end violence against women and girls with disabilities. The final evaluation found that the project was successfully implemented and was a model for applying a community-based approach to programming.
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In Myanmar, the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers working with Aye Myanmar Association implemented a three-year project “Community-based intervention to combat violence against sex workers” with the support of the UN Trust Fund. The project aimed to prevent violence against sex workers through improved services and community sensitization. The final evaluation found that the project was successful and that all targets were exceeded.
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Leonard Cheshire Disability Zimbabwe implemented a three-year project “Access to Justice for Girls and Women with Disabilities in Zimbabwe” with the support of the UN Trust Fund. The project aimed to ensure that girls and women with disabilities have improved safety and access to justice. The final evaluation found that the project was successfully implemented through its strategic pillars of response and prevention.
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In Uganda, the African Partners for Child Poverty implemented a three-year project “Combating Stigma Against Sexual Violence Survivors and their Children in Gulu District, Northern Uganda” with the support of the UN Trust Fund. The project aimed to reduce stigma against women and girl survivors of sexual violence. The final evaluation found that, despite the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the project was successfully implemented.
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In the State of Palestine, the Community Media Center implemented a two-year project "Stop violence against women” with the support of the UN Trust Fund. The project aimed to prevent and end violence against women through media outlets and social media sensitization. The final evaluation found that the project’s strategy was highly relevant and achieved significant changes in the targeted communities.
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Women’s rights organizations and civil society organizations regularly face changing environments and sociopolitical challenges. The uncertain and context-specific nature of social change means that programmes to prevent violence against women and girls must work in adaptive ways.
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Civil society organizations working to end violence against women face numerous contextual challenges and resistance in the course of their work at multiple levels. Resistance to the work that seeks to prevent violence against women and girls is quite common.
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Designing effective training takes time and effort; it requires an iterative and adaptive process that is time and resource intensive. From the perspective of behaviour change, training can have enormous strategic value and be a critical pathway to prevent violence against women and girls.
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Adolescent-focused approaches as a means of preventing violence against women and girls are an important area for intervention and research. Adolescence is a critical time for both boys and girls, but adolescent girls in particular face new gendered risks at this life stage, because of their increased vulnerabilities to various forms of violence and harmful practices.
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Exploring intersectional approaches when designing and implementing projects is critical to preventing violence against women and girls, and key to realizing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 2 “Leave no one behind”.
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Mobilizing women as agents of change in their own lives is key for projects working to prevent violence against women and girls. As “community facilitators”, women beneficiaries of projects are a crucial link to the broader community of women that prevention projects need to engage with.