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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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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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Beyond Borders (Depase Fwontyè yo in Creole) in Haiti has identified a gap in existing knowledge and focus on the intersection of violence against women and disability. Supported by a grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), Beyond Borders is implementing a project ensuring that women and girls with disabilities are included in the Haitian adaptation and implementation of the innovative SASA! methodology.
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Raising Voices, a Uganda-based non-governmental organization dedicated to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, implemented an adaptation research study of its successful methodology called SASA!. The SASA! approach aims to change social norms by addressing the imbalance of power between women and men – a key driver of violence against women.