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In response to COVID-19, staff at the Woman Forum Elbasan (WFE) in Albania immediately began to work from home and adapt their services for survivors of domestic violence, all too aware of the sharp increase in violence against women and girls worldwide occurring during the pandemic.
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The global COVID-19 pandemic has further marginalized women and girls living with disabilities in Pakistan. The UN Trust Fund's grantee Christoffel-Blindenmission Deutschland e.V. (CBM) is working with local organization Bedari to rapidly adapt in response to these unprecedented challenges especially on the ground.
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Shelters for Abused Women and Girls and EMPOWER, two UNTF EVAW grantees in Albania and Malaysia are working to ensure the safety of LBT women and girl survivors of violence. Their stories are told today to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on 17 May.
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The project – Drivers of Change – is run by UN Trust Fund grantee Shirkat Gah, a women’s rights non-governmental organization in Pakistan. Shirkat Gah has recruited almost 600 women and men to support its violence prevention efforts in four rural districts of Pakistan ¬– Hyderabad (Sindh province), Jafarabad (Balochistan), Swat (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and Vehari (Punjab).
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“Thanks to this programme I am better equipped to deal with [the] LBT community needs and help women who are victims of violence .” Flavia Tiona*, psychology specialist in Shkodra Lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LBT) women in Albania experience high levels of violence in families, the public space, and state institutions. Data indicates that one in four women in Albania has experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence in their lifetime.