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International Alert, a peace-building organization supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, is running a project in rural Tajikistan to prevent and end all forms of violence against women.  
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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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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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The Women’s Support Center, a women-led organization twice funded by the UN Trust Fund runs a project to support women and girl survivors of violence, especially those who are displaced or otherwise marginalized.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.