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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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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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The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women funded Trocaire’s initiative “Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls in Nakuru and Nairobi Counties” in Kenya for three -years. The objective was to reduce violence, abuse and discrimination against adolescent girls and young women, as well as stigmatization of these women and girls, in eight informal settlements. The final evaluation found that the project’s strategy was highly relevant and successfully implemented.
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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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From March 2017 to February 2019, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women provided Corporación Humanas with funding to implement their project “It Happens to Me, I tell, I prevent”. The project aimed to reduce public forms of gender-based violence against women with disabilities, women living with HIV/AIDS, and other groups of women that are particularly vulnerable to violence. The final evaluation found that the project had strengthened the capabilities of local women’s organizations, empowering their members to lead more effective initiatives to prevent gender-based violence.
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The project “Community-based Intervention to Alleviate the Different Forms of Violence against Women and Women's Vulnerability to HIV”, implemented by Al Shehab Institution for Comprehensive Development, was funded from January 2015 to December 2017 by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The final evaluation found that the project raised women’s understanding of personal and structural violence, and improved their interaction with support services.
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The project “Promoting Justice for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in China”, implemented by Equality in collaboration with Common Language, Women’s Network Against AIDS-China and Media Monitor for Women Network, was funded from January 2016 to December 2017 by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The final evaluation found the project had successfully leveraged a network of NGOs to tackle domestic violence faced by women and girls, including lesbian, bisexual and transgender women; and those impacted by HIV/AIDS.
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In January 2015, Alliance against Discrimination of LGBT People launched the two-year project “Reduce Violence against Women, with Focus on LBT community in Albania”, with the support of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The final evaluation found that the project improved the lives of LBT women experiencing violence, especially of those living outside the capital, mainly through improved and more integrated care.
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Care International in Cambodia launched the initiative “Safe Workplaces, Safe Communities” in December 2013, supported with funds from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The final evaluation found that the project contributed to a better awareness of gender-based violence within the targeted workplaces.
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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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The project “Prevention and Reduction of Sexual Violence among Women Sex Workers in Guatemala” was implemented by Fundació Privada Sida i Societat with support from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The final evaluation found that the project had empowered women with regards to sexual and reproductive rights.
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From December 2013 to November 2016, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women provided funding support to the Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL) project “Expanding Gains to Decrease and Prevent Violence against Women in the context of HIV and AIDS”. The evaluation found JASL’s initiative to be very successful, exceeding the number of direct beneficiaries it originally planned to engage, expanding the SRP and HIV services offered by JASL, and reaching more than 300,000 people through a social media campaign.
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From December 2013 to March 2015, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women provided funding to the Ukrainian Women Fund for its initiative “Young Girls Leaders Promote Strong Stand against VAW among their Peers”. The final evaluation found that the project strategies were particularly efficient in promoting ideas of gender equality and zero-tolerance to violence against women and girls.
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Women’s Initiative for Gender Justice received a grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women for its project “Advancing Gender Justice in Countries under ICC investigation” from January 2013 to December 2015. The evaluation found that the project improved medical and psychological documentation of sexual assault, strengthened police investigations and increased the likelihood of justice and reparations for women and girl survivors of sexual violence.
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Between December 2013 and November 2015, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women funded the Indonesian Positive Women’s Network’s initiative “One Stop Service: Integrated Services for Violence against Women Survivors and Women Living with HIV”. The goal was to increase women’s awareness of their rights and improve the health of women and girls in Jakarta and North Sumatra who are living with HIV/AIDS and experience gender-based violence. The final evaluation found the project was successful and particularly relevant.
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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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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.