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Women Challenged to Challenge is a small women’s rights organization pioneered and led by women living with disabilities, working in Kenya to reduce violence against women and girls with disabilities and increase the rate of conviction of abusers.
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With the support of the UN Trust Fund under the EU/UN Spotlight Initiative, the Bethany Project, a non-governmental organization, works to empower and support young women and girls in rural communities to end sexual and gender-based violence.
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With the support of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, Association Ennakhil is leading a project in the Marrakech-Safi region to advocate for and implement new prevention, protection and support mechanisms for girl survivors or those at risk of violence in school settings.
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As part of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) Special Window on addressing violence against women and girls with disabilities, Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA) is implementing a project called “Leave No One Behind: Towards a VAW/G free Eswatini” in collaboration with the local non-profit organization Bantwana Initiative.
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Art and Global Health Center Africa (ArtGlo), a women-led non-governmental organization, is running a project called Make Art for Women Activism in five districts in Southern Malawi to address violence against women and girls.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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The Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child (CAPEC), a grantee of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), is reorganizing and reprioritizing its work to mitigate the risks of violence against women and girls, and maintain their well-being through economic empowerment initiatives.
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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Al-Shehab, a twice-funded UN Trust Fund grantee, is quickly adjusting its operations so it can continue to provide essential services to marginalized women and girls in informal settlements in Greater Cairo in ways that are safe for everyone involved.
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As the current COVID-19 global pandemic spreads through the world, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), and its grantees, recognize the gender dimensions of the impact from the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes an increased burden of care for women, risk of increased levels of domestic violence and a decrease in the ability of service providers to respond to cases of violence. In this challenging time, the need to respond to the immediate and long-term consequences of the current crisis for women and girls is critical. The UN Trust Fund remains committed to its partners in the field who are essential in serving those who are too often left behind, and recognizes the critical role of women’s networks and women’s organizations.