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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.
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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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In 2019, the UN Trust Fund looked at 79 final project evaluations, covering interventions implemented between 2011 and 2016 across all regions, to identify lessons learned in programming to end violence against women and girls. The analysis provided insights on how the UN Trust Fund can best support grantees to ensure high quality evaluations.
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As COVID-19 has spread, Alliances for Africa (AfA) has become increasingly concerned about the surge in violence against women and girls in Nigeria. Executive Director Iheoma Obibi shared AfA's quick responses to mitigate violence against women and girls with a multisectoral approach.
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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, women and girls with disabilities have faced even greater risks of discrimination and violence. Funded by UNTF EVAW, the Rwandan Organization of Women with Disabilities (UNABU), a small organization of and for women and girls with disabilities, is adapting to the crisis to ensure that its beneficiaries remain safe and empowered.
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As part of its initial response to the COVID-19 crisis , the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UNTF EVAW) surveyed its grantees to assess the impact of the pandemic and associated lockdowns. The replies confirmed the rapid rise in violence against women and girls and the challenges faced by struggling, often civil society led, support systems. They also revealed how quickly and nimbly grantees are adapting to maintain key aspects of their projects while protecting the safety of...
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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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Over the past month, the European Union and United Nations Spotlight Initiative (Spotlight Initiative) and the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UNTF EVAW) have been listening carefully to our grantees who are facing many challenges as they address ending violence against women and girls in the specific context of the global COVID-19 pandemic within their countries and communities. In a light of our overall analysis of received information and as an immediate response, we are pleased to announce a new allocation of USD 9 million for immediate support to the work of all of our existing grantees (44) in Sub-Saharan Africa - with a primary focus on the institutional response, risk mitigation and recovery in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.