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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Al-Shehab, a twice-funded UN Trust Fund grantee, is quickly adjusting its operations so it can continue to provide essential services to marginalized women and girls in informal settlements in Greater Cairo in ways that are safe for everyone involved.
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“I live with more hope. I experience less violence and more respect”, said Chann*, a woman survivor of violence living with a disability in Cambodia. She received targeted services from the Cambodia Women’s Crisis Centre (CWCC), a grantee of the UN Trust Fund. Together with ADD International, also a grantee of the UN Trust Fund, these organizations are working towards a future free from violence for women and girls with disabilities.
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Since 2011, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) has funded two generations of projects supporting the Victims Support Section of the ECCC, which has worked to ensure that women survivors of violence under the Khmer Rouge become visible and participate in the justice process.
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From 1975 to 1979 the Khmer Rouge committed specific forms of sexual and gender-based violence, including systematic forced marriage and rape, while carrying out mass killings in Cambodia. Since 2011, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) has funded two generations of projects to support the work of the Victims Support Section of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). The projects ensured that women survivors of violence under the Khmer Rouge regime become visible and have access to justice and reparations, as the evidence generated through projects implementation and by an external evaluation inform.
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In the informal settlements of Ezbet El-Haggana and El-Marg in Cairo, which are home to about one million people, women and girls from some of the most marginalized communities often struggle with poverty, high rates of illiteracy, and barriers to medical, legal and economic services. Starting in 2015, the Al-Shehab Institution for Comprehensive Development, funded by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), established a community drop-in centre focused on providing essential services for women and girl survivors of violence, women living with HIV/AIDS and those at risk, as well as for women domestic workers.
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World Hope International (WHI), a grantee of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), is working to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of service provision to survivors of violence in Cambodia, with the aim of ending and preventing violence. “Government social workers assigned to communes [small groups of villages] have a broad mandate”, says WHI Cambodia Director Talmage Payne, “[as] they work with youth, veterans, women and children”. This affects service providers’ ability and preparedness to respond to the specific needs of each of these constituencies.
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A three-year anti-trafficking programme supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is boosting legal enforcement against the crime in Egypt, Jordan and Morocco.