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Every year since 1996, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) has reported on trends in challenges to achieving freedom from violence for women and girls, at the same time highlighting how women’s rights organizations and feminist movements have harnessed opportunities and developed promising practices to counteract these trends.
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In 2021, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) adjusted its capacity development approach to align with the new Strategic Plan 2021-2025.
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The Institute for Young Women’s Development, a movement of young women from rural and mining communities in Zimbabwe, is tackling this endemic violence by empowering women through community organizing and movement-building.
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In 2021, with continued support from the UN Trust Fund, half of the grantees maintained the same level of service delivery, despite the severe challenges caused by COVID-19 and other crises.
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The year 2021 was pivotal as the UN Trust Fund introduced its Strategic Plan 2021-2025 with a vision to enable civil society to play a central role in delivering survivor-centred and demand-driven initiatives to end violence against women and girls.
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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.