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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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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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Women survivors of human trafficking who work in the informal entertainment sector in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu are struggling to cope during COVID-19. As their income has fallen, they are facing heightened risks of violence and exploitation. Supported by a small grant from the UN Trust Fund, Raksha Nepal and its partners have been strengthening their work to help women survivors of trafficking in human beings (THB).
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Today, International Women’s Day, the UN Trust Fund is celebrating the women leaders of civil society and women’s rights organizations that are on the front line of the COVID-19 crisis and the silent pandemic of violence against women and girls.
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Corporación Con-Vivamos, a UN Trust Fund grantee in Colombia, is adjusting quickly to deliver services as well as collect data to ensure women and girls in marginalized communities are not invisible in reports of violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Properly resourcing and fostering women’s movements and women’s rights organizations will allow these forces to advance global efforts to end violence against women and girls, and ensure that the voices of a wide range of women and girls, including the most marginalized, are heard.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Physicians for Human Rights, twice a UN Trust Fund grantee, is working to strengthen the global response to COVID-19 by advocating for a science-driven approach to the virus; pushing for decent working conditions for frontline medical professionals; and defending the right to adequate medical care for people most at risk.
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“I was appalled to find out how shockingly low my understanding of sex versus gender and gender-based violence was! I considered myself as a normal, nice person. However, after attending Gender-Based Violence Training of Trainers, I realised that I have been discriminating and oppressing kids.”Narantuya R., a teacher at Gun Galuutai School in Mongolia’s Baganuur district, was describing the impact of “Securing state investment in awareness raising on violence prevention in schools”, a project run by the Mongolian Women’s Fund (MONES) and supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women (UN Trust Fund) with the aim to stop and prevent school related gender-based violence.