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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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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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To reach women in rural areas, the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), funded by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), implemented a project focused on addressing sexual and gender-based violence, ending early marriage and FGM/C in rural Kenyan communities.
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This week, at a conference entitled “Building a shared agenda on prevention of violence against women and girls” in Wilton Park, United Kingdom, Aldijana Sisic, Chief of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) presented results of the fund’s investments to prevent violence against women and girls.
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On 1 August 2018, ahead of the fourth anniversary of the ISIS attack on the Yazidi* community in Sinjar, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten and Free Yezidi Foundation Executive Director Pari Ibrahim participated in a panel discussion to mark and remember the genocide victims.
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“Funding from the UN Trust Fund enabled our organization to close gaps that used to exist within our work and in the country concerning violence against women, gender-based violence, and girls and women with disabilities.” – UN Trust Fund grantee The second anonymous annual partner survey of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), conducted in December 2017, shows that grantees are highly satisfied.
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On 15 March 2018, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) organized an informal discussion and knowledge sharing session on “Why data and evidence matters in UN Trust Fund projects: how to use data and evidence to effectively scale-up, replicate and sustain project results, and make the case for reinvestment.” This was the fourth in a series of UN Trust Fund organized informal brownbag events hosted in conjunction with the 62 nd Session of the Commission on...
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On 12 March 2018, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) hosted “Bridging Development and Humanitarian Assistance” , an event which brought together several of its grantees that are working to end violence against women and girls in the context of the current forced displacement and refugee crisis.
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A one-day conference at UN Women’s Headquarters in New York on 9 March 2018 discussed and agreed on collaborative modalities to tackle human trafficking and modern slavery.* Co-hosted by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) and the UK-based Shiva Foundation, the event brought together the hospitality industry, the private sector, civil society, Government representatives and the UN to design joint efforts to end this human rights violation.
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On 9 March 2018, in the run-up to the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) and Shiva Foundation will host a one-day conference at UN Women Headquarters to map spaces for collaborative efforts between NGOs, Governments, the private sector and the UN system to tackle human trafficking and modern slavery.
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The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) supported GAMCOTRAP’s project “Advancing Women’s Rights and Ending Harmful Traditional Practices through Rights Education” in the Gambia from 2015-2017. An estimated three in four women and nearly half of all girls in the Gambia have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), which causes irreversible harm to women and girls. Dr Touray spoke to the UN Trust Fund to explain the...
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“We decided to abandon these practices” – Boubacar Sissoko, a village chief, said about the harmful traditional practice of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, which is inflicted on 89 per cent of women and girls in Mali.
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At a powerful event bringing forth the voices of survivors and focused on innovative solutions, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women held a fundraising gala in London, United Kingdom, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November).
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UN Trust Fund support helps organizations raise capacity and funds “With the support and help of the UN Trust Fund in terms of results-based project management we expect to achieve our results with even more beneficiaries than expected.” UN Trust Fund grantee, 2016 A key aim of the UN Trust Fund is to build the capacity of grantee organizations to sustain their achievements beyond the duration of the project. In an annual partner survey comprising 20 questions, we asked...
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As soon as Kapetha F. started menstruating, she was banished to the “chhaupadi”—an isolated shed outside her village—until she stopped bleeding. Alone in this shed, she was to have no contact with her family and denied nutritious food.
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Awareness of the pandemic of violence against women and girls has grown in recent years but robust financial commitments to organizations working to prevent and end this human rights violation, have not followed. As a result, subsequent funding limitations for operational as well as for programmatic activities put the transformative potential of particularly grassroots women’s organizations at risk. Yet, these are the very organizations whose work is on the forefront of immediate and long...
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Students who won their category in the competition Fashion Says NO to Violence against Women organized by London College of Fashion (LCF) – part of the UN Trust Fund’s unique cause-marketing Orange Label   initiative – explained the thinking behind their winning entries. Sumedha Chandra Sekhar from the Pearl Academy in Delhi, India, who won the journalism category with “Breaking the Myth: Fallen Princess”, said: “ I hope my article helps others...
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Fashion students from around the world participated in the competition “Fashion Says NO to Violence against Women” organized by London College of Fashion (LCF), a partner of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The competition encouraged participants to produce a piece of work that engaged new audiences to raise awareness and resources about the issue. This is part of the UN Trust Fund’s unique Orange Label cause marketing initiative.
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Press release: Luminaries, activists and artistes come together to spotlight life-changing interventions on ending the pandemic of violence against women and girls. UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman co-hosts star-studded gala to mark 20 years of grant-making through UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women.