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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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This independent, final evaluation presents the findings of the cluster evaluation of three small grant projects implemented between March 2017 and February 2020 and funded by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women:1. “Improving Access to Life With No Violence for Women Survivors in Central and Northern Montenegro”, implemented by SOS Hotline for Women and Children Victims of Violence, Niksic;2. “Empowering Survivors of Domestic Violence in the Tetovo Region”, implemented by Women’s Forum–Tetovo in Montenegro; and3. “Actively and Publicly Combating Discrimination – Gender Based Violence”, implemented by the Center for Girls in Serbia. The final evaluation found that the empowerment and awareness-raising strategies implemented by the projects were effective, innovative and well adjusted to the target groups.
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Between March 2017 and February 2020, LUKMEF – Cameroon received funding from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women to implement its project “Building Community Level Agenda to End Gender Based Violence in Cameroon”. The final evaluation found that the project led to significant positive changes in the lives of beneficiaries.
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The Center for Reproductive Rights received a grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women for its three-year project “Ensuring Access to Reproductive Healthcare for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Honduras”. The project aimed to protect the health and well-being of survivors of sexual violence and lead a multi-faceted legal advocacy campaign. The final evaluation found that despite its broad goals, the project successfully engaged all institutions and stakeholders that provide strategies to improve access to sexual and reproductive health services for women and girls, particularly survivors of sexual violence.
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The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women provided funds for the Autonomous Women’s Center’s project “No Tolerance for Gender Based-Violence” between January 2016 and December 2018. The initiative disseminated information, changed individual attitudes, raised awareness about gender-based violence, and facilitated advocacy activities. The final evaluation found that the Center increased youth understanding of gender-based violence and contributed to changing boys’ attitudes about it.
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Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha implemented the project “Safe Schools Safe Communities” between January 2014 and December 2016 with grant support from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The final evaluation found that the project succesfully addressed the specific needs of girls to allow them to be empowered and protected from gender-based violence in their schools and community.
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ALAFIA received funding from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women to implement the project “Eradication of harmful customary widowhood practices that can lead to HIV/AIDS infection” in 24 villages in Togo. The final evaluation showed that the project ended degrading and humiliating widowhood rites against women in these villages and established the principle of equal sharing of inheritance between women and men.
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Between January 2015 and December 2016, the Mongolian Women’s Fund (MONES) implemented the “Securing State Investment to Prevent Gender-Based Violence in Schools” project, funded by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The final evaluation found that the project changed boys’ and girls’ knowledge and perception of gender-based violence and helped them to acquire confidence in their right to enjoy a safe school environment.
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Voice for Change implemented the project "Advocacy on Ending Violence against Women" between February 2013 and January 2016 in Jiwaka province of Papua New Guinea, with funding from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The final evaluation found that the project significantly increased awareness through its training programme, and that the project became stronger and more resilient owing to direct community engagement.
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The project Transitional Justice: Addressing Gender-Based Violence and Ensuring Women’s Participation was implemented by the International Center for Transitional Justice from November 2012 to October 2015, and received a three-year grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The final evaluation found that this complex project in six countries achieved some results despite of a range of implementation challenges.
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The project Enhancing a Community-Based, Multi-Sectoral Response to Gender-Based Violence in Ban Mae Nai Soi and Ban Mae Surin, Karenni Refugee Camps, was implemented by the International Rescue Committee from November 2012 to October 2015 and received a three-year grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The final evaluation found that the project had made a significant impact overall, including on the psychosocial wellbeing of survivors of violence who accessed services provided.
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The project Integrated Response to Gender-Based Violence against Women in Serbia was implemented by the UN Country Team in Serbia from November 2012 to October 2015 and received a three-year grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The final evaluation found that the project had contributed significantly to the building of an integrated response of the UN Country Team, the Serbian Government and development partners to violence against women by improving capacities of key stakeholders to implement measures to address the violence.
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Samvedana is an intervention programme aimed at reducing violence against women in sex work in Karnataka, India. It was implemented from December 2011 to July 2015 by the Karnataka Health Promotion Trust and received a three-year grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The final evaluation found that female sex workers and community-based organizations gained knowledge about violence against women and its relation to health and wellbeing, and felt empowered to address the issue collectively
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The project Uruguay Unites to End Violence Against Women, Girls and Adolescents was implemented by the UN Country Team from January 2012 to December 2014 and received a three-year grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The final evaluation found that the project made important progress and that the participation of multiple stakeholders from civil society, the Uruguay Government and the UN system was new and bold.
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Let’s Promote Justice for Our Women and Girls of Sierra Leone was a three-year project, implemented by the International Rescue Committee from December 2011 to November 2014, with grant support from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The final evaluation found that, thanks to the project, women believe in the possibility of a violence-free community and lead conversations about such issues with other women and community leaders.
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The project Anti-Harassment Committee and Violence Prevention System in Export-Oriented Garment Factories was implemented in south India and Bangladesh by the Fair Wear Foundation from October 2011 to March 2015, with support from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The final evaluation found the project was effective in responding to the needs of women and girls in the garment industry, and that some innovative ideas had been developed that could be useful in other sectors.
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Engaging Men to Strengthen the Implementation of Gender-Based Violence Laws and Policies and Promote Gender Equality in Kenya, Rwanda and Sierra Leone was implemented by Sonke Gender Justice from August 2011 to August 2014, and supported by a three-year grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The final evaluation found that the project had empowered women and men to report gender-based violence and to work against practices that perpetuate it.
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Documenting and Addressing Violence and Other Rights Abuses as Experienced by Positive Women” was implemented by the AIDS Legal Network in three provinces of South Africa from September 2011 to August 2014, and received a three-year grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The final evaluation found the project was highly effective in developing a credible evidence base on violence against women and the intersections of violence and HIV; and engaged women and other stakeholders in capacity building, rights and legal literacy, and addressing access to services.
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The project Strengthening Implementation of a Functional Medico-Legal Framework to Scale-Up Gender-Based Violence Services was implemented from September 2011 to August 2014 by the Kenya NGO Liverpool Care and Treatment (LVCT Health) and received a three-year grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The final evaluation found that the project had a positive impact on the response to sexual and gender-based violence in Kenya.
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Promoting Gender Equality and Improving Access to Justice for Female Survivors and Victims of Gender‐Based Violence under the Khmer Rouge Regime was implemented by the Victims Support Section of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia from October 2011 to November 2014, and received a three-year grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The final evaluation found that the project significantly contributed to ensuring women’s access to their transitional justice rights and raised awareness about gender-based violence.