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Overall, in 2020, at least 242,569 women and girls directly benefited from support that led to transformative changes in their lives, including through services or changes in social norms, attitudes and behaviours, through the work of UN Trust Fund-supported projects.
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The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women’s (UN Trust Fund) Strategic Plan 2021-2025 is grounded in the right of all women and girls to live free of violence. It seeks to achieve this goal through global solidarity and partnerships that enable civil society organizations, especially women’s rights organizations, to deliver survivor-centred and demand-driven initiatives to help feminist movements grow globally.
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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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Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss, has announced the full list of members for the newly formed Gender Equality Advisory Council, which will ensure women are at the heart of the build back better agenda as we recover from COVID-19.
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Today, International Women’s Day, the UN Trust Fund is celebrating the women leaders of civil society and women’s rights organizations that are on the front line of the COVID-19 crisis and the silent pandemic of violence against women and girls.
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Corporación Con-Vivamos, a UN Trust Fund grantee in Colombia, is adjusting quickly to deliver services as well as collect data to ensure women and girls in marginalized communities are not invisible in reports of violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Properly resourcing and fostering women’s movements and women’s rights organizations will allow these forces to advance global efforts to end violence against women and girls, and ensure that the voices of a wide range of women and girls, including the most marginalized, are heard.
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Today, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women commemorates 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the kickoff to this year’s activities of the UN Secretary General’s UNiTE campaign in support of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.
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The intervention is part of a project run by INERELA+ South Africa called “Strengthening the capacity of religious leaders to end violence against women and girls in South Africa, Burundi and Ghana”, which is being funded by the UN Trust Fund under the Spotlight Initiative. 
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Backed by a small grant from the UN Trust Fund, CENDEROS is currently building community support that focuses on three main areas – prevention, care and monitoring – to ensure that women asylum-seekers, migrants and cross-border inhabitants can still access information and support services during the pandemic.
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In 2020, the UN Trust Fund engaged an independent, external evaluation team to produce a meta-analysis based on 30 high-quality external evaluations commissioned by its grantees in 26 countries covering projects implemented between 2015-2019.
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Six months into the crisis, the UN Trust Fund’s second assessment shows that the continued economic insecurity and movement restrictions are still driving increased violence against women and girls. It also highlights the urgent need to resource support services for survivors of violence provided by CSOs and women’s rights organizations (WROs) that are on the frontline of community responses.
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Though their UN Trust Fund-supported project ended just before the pandemic began, SAHAYOG has since continued to build on the project’s achievements and adapted its work to meet the new challenges posed by COVID-19 to ensure the most marginalized women and girls can find help.
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The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) is organizing a virtual brownbag event to present findings by the evaluators of a recently completed, external Cluster Evaluation of three UN Trust Fund projects in North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia on Wednesday 23 September at 8:30am EDT.
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One of 35 organizations awarded grants under the Spotlight Initiative in 2019, the Public Interest Law Center (PILC) is adapting quickly with much needed additional resources to ensure the safety of women and girls in Chad, as well as the well-being of their staff during COVID-19.
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Prompted by the alarming increase in violence against women and girls during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mary Kay Inc. together with the Mary Kay Foundation have partnered with the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) to support front line women’s organizations to help survivors and those at risk of violence against women and girls during COVID-19.
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In 2019, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) surpassed its Strategic Plan fundraising target of USD 20 million by nearly double and awarded almost USD 35 million in grants. This exceptional achievement has enabled the UN Trust Fund to support 79 organizations to continue reaching more women and girl survivors and at risk of violence.
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The Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW), a UN Trust Fund grantee in Kenya, is adapting quickly on multiple fronts to better serve women and girl survivors and those at risk of violence during the pandemic while calling for more gender-responsive national responses to COVID-19.
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One of the central aims of the Spotlight Initiative is to strengthen women’s movements across the world. The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is uniquely positioned to contribute to realizing this goal through funding contextually relevant initiatives and providing support to grantees, many of which are small, women-led and women’s rights organizations.
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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.