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In Somaliland, an estimated 90 per cent or more of girls and women have been subjected to female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). The International Solidarity Foundation (ISF) has been working to eradicate FGM/C in Somaliland since 2001. Now, with support from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, it is running a project in remote rural and internally displaced communities in three regions to empower villages to abandon all forms of FGM/C.
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To reach women in rural areas, the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), funded by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), implemented a project focused on addressing sexual and gender-based violence, ending early marriage and FGM/C in rural Kenyan communities.
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During times of emergency and in fragile settings affected by humanitarian crises, women and girls are at a heightened risk of violence. The UN Trust Fund’s grantee Arab Women’s Organization (AWO), an Amman-based local NGO, runs two women’s centres to respond to the unmet needs of women and girl survivors of violence; serving both Syrian refugees and the local Jordanian community.
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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.
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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...
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“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.
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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.
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“Whenever my husband beats me, I run here,” said Bu Meh (alias), a Karenni mother of five from Myanmar. She was referring to a community-based multi-sectoral project that works to end violence against women and supports survivors in one of the many Karenni refugee camps dotted along the Thailand-Myanmar border.
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Ndyandin Dawara recently made a momentous decision: she decided she would not subject her toddler daughter to female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM is a long-running harmful traditional practice in her community in the Gambia that has led generations of women to a lifetime of pain, a lack of control of their own bodily integrity and sexuality, and debilitating health risks, including death.
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In Kyrgyzstan the NGO NFFCK, supported by a small grant from the UN Trust Fund, is piloting a school-based education programme in three villages which more than 600 young people have completed. An expert team has developed an educational package – Empowering Girls through Education, Art and Media – the first of its kind in the Kyrgyz language.