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In 2021, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, compounded by other crises, put women and girls at increased risk of violence. Organizations funded by the UN Trust Fund directly helped 276,028 women and girls.
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Centro de Estudios de la Mujer-Honduras (CEM-H), supported by the UN Trust Fund, is leading a project that focuses on preventing violence against women and girls in rural and urban areas in Francisco Morazán and Intibucá departments. 
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The Palestinian Counseling Center, a mental health NGO, is running a three-year project in East Jerusalem and Area C to improve women’s and girls’ access to justice and protection services, by developing a self-sustaining community-based protection system in 6 locations.
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In Bangladesh, Badabon Sangho works to empower women landowners and ensure they received the support and services they need.
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On 5 April, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) held a webinar to discuss the role of feminist and women’s movements in ending violence against women and girls. 
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Supported by a small grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), the Ukrainian NGO Club Eney is leading a project to prevent gender-based violence and the spread of HIV among women who use drugs, women in sex work, women living with HIV, and internally displaced women in the cities of Poltava, Cherkasy, Kryvyi Rih and Ternopil (in 2020-2021).
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On 1 March, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) and the Spotlight Initiative1 co-hosted a knowledge exchange event on “Resiliency to Crises: Lessons from Civil Society Organizations in the Prevention of Violence against Women and Girls”. 
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Funded by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), IDEH runs a project in two provinces of Haiti, Gonaives and Hinche, to prevent violence against women and girls living with disabilities and support survivors.
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With the support of the UN Trust Fund, FUSA, with a local organization working on disability rights REDI in Argentina, is leading a project to empower women with disabilities, improve healthcare services as well as local laws and policies on violence against women and girls living with disabilities.
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Every 35 hours, a woman is killed in Argentina. Cisgender, lesbian and transgender (CLT) women all face high levels of stigma, marginalization and violence, and their access to justice is limited. Fundación Andhes, UN Trust Fund grantee under the Spotlight Initiative, is becoming a first point of contact for the most marginalized women and girl survivors of violence.
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In celebration of the 10th year anniversary of UN Women's Global Initiative Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces for Women and Girls, two UN Trust Fund grantees, the Solidarity of Oppressed Filipino People (SOFP) and the Institute of Politics and Governance (IPG) are collaborating to further advance Safe City Free of Violence against Women and Girls’ initiatives in the Philippines, one of the first countries to ever participate in the Global Initiative.
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On 25 October 2021, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) hosted a virtual event to mark its 25th anniversary. Moderated by actor and activist Gabriella Wright, the event welcomed over 800 participants representing civil society and women’s rights organizations, donors, UN Member States and UN partners around the globe.
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For 25 years, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) has leveraged its unique mandate through partnering with UN Member States, UN agencies, civil society and women’s rights organizations to deliver upon one mission: ending violence against women and girls globally.
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In Bosnia and Herzegovina, women survivors of gender-based violence have limited access to information about their rights and face a slow, formal and bureaucratic judicial system. The Center of Women’s Rights works on improving protection mechanisms and access to justice for women survivors of violence.
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Ending violence against women and girls starts with every single one of us. You can make a stand in making a world free from violence a reality for women and girls. Today, start with joining the #Give25forUNTF25 Challenge and donate USD25 to the UN Trust Fund.
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Violent militias and religious extremists, combined with the mass displacement of civilians, have heightened the risk of violence facing women and girls in Iraq. Many women survivors of violence struggle to have access to justice and other state services. Supported by a grant from the UN Trust Fund, OWFI is supporting women and girl survivors of violence.
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Women survivors of human trafficking who work in the informal entertainment sector in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu are struggling to cope during COVID-19. As their income has fallen, they are facing heightened risks of violence and exploitation. Supported by a small grant from the UN Trust Fund, Raksha Nepal and its partners have been strengthening their work to help women survivors of trafficking in human beings (THB).
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As COVID-19 swept the globe – a health pandemic of devastating proportions – another storm of violence against women and girls (VAW/G) was unleashed. It is hard to assess what was more disturbing: the surprise at the horrific consequences, seen on the whole as an afterthought, of lockdowns on women and girls; or the fact that history keeps repeating itself. Yet again, it took the profound suffering caused by one global human tragedy to focus the world’s attention on another: the ease with which women and girls are harassed, beaten, raped and abused – on a COVID or non-COVID day.
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The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) promptly adjusted to ensure that its grantee organizations were strengthened and supported during the COVID-19 pandemic. Feedback from civil society organizations (CSOs) and women’s rights organizations (WROs) during 2020 showed that many were concerned about survival of the women and girls they serve, while ensuring organizational existence.
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UN Trust Fund results across its portfolio under three pillars: expanded access to multisectoral services, preventing violence, and implementation of laws and policies.   During the UN Trust Fund’s Strategic Plan 2016-2020, funding was increasingly focused on the ability of small, locally rooted civil society and women’s rights organizations to deliver services and activities that directly transform the lives of women and girls in their communities. Over the past five...