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25 years of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

Friday, October 8, 2021

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.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Increasing access to justice for survivors of intimate partner violence

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

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.

Case study: Supporting women and girl survivors of violence in Iraq

Thursday, August 5, 2021

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.

Nepal: COVID-19 measures leave women in informal sector impoverished and at greater risk of violence

Friday, July 30, 2021

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).

UN Trust Fund launches its Annual Report 2020

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

As COVID-19 swept the globe – a health pandemic of devastating proportions – another storm of violence against women and girls (VAW/G) was unleashed. It is hard to assess what was more disturbing: the surprise at the horrific consequences, seen on the whole as an afterthought, of lockdowns on women and girls; or the fact that history keeps repeating itself. Yet again, it took the profound suffering caused by one global human tragedy to focus the world’s attention on another: the ease with which women and girls are harassed, beaten, raped and abused – on a COVID or non-COVID day.

A focus on organizational resilience

Monday, June 21, 2021

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) promptly adjusted to ensure that its grantee organizations were strengthened and supported during the COVID-19 pandemic. Feedback from civil society organizations (CSOs) and women’s rights organizations (WROs) during 2020 showed that many were concerned about survival of the women and girls they serve, while ensuring organizational existence.

Indicators of success: Aggregating grantee results

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

UN Trust Fund results across its portfolio under three pillars: expanded access to multisectoral services, preventing violence, and implementation of laws and policies.   During the UN Trust Fund’s Strategic Plan 2016-2020, funding was increasingly focused on the ability of small, locally rooted civil society and women’s rights organizations to deliver services and activities that directly transform the lives of women and girls in their communities. Over the past five...

Women and girls directly benefited in 2020

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Overall, in 2020, at least 242,569 women and girls directly benefited from support that led to transformative changes in their lives, including through services or changes in social norms, attitudes and behaviours, through the work of UN Trust Fund-supported projects.

Launch of the UN Trust Fund Strategic Plan 2021-2025

Monday, May 10, 2021

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women’s (UN Trust Fund) Strategic Plan 2021-2025 is grounded in the right of all women and girls to live free of violence. It seeks to achieve this goal through global solidarity and partnerships that enable civil society organizations, especially women’s rights organizations, to deliver survivor-centred and demand-driven initiatives to help feminist movements grow globally.

In the shadow of COVID-19: Adapting to protect women from violence in Colombia

Thursday, February 18, 2021

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.

'ENOUGH IS ENOUGH': How a project can change lives

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

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. 

India: Tackling new challenges to protect women and girls during COVID-19

Friday, September 25, 2020

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.

Chad: Resourcing local organizations to mitigate risks of violence against women and girls during COVID-19

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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.

Investing in progress to ending violence against women

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

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.

Movement building: Joining forces to end violence against women and girls

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

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.

Survivors of sexual violence during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia speak out

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Since 2011, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) has funded two generations of projects supporting the Victims Support Section of the ECCC, which has worked to ensure that women survivors of violence under the Khmer Rouge become visible and participate in the justice process.

Case Study: Ending harmful traditional practices in rural Kenya

Monday, October 14, 2019

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.

Case Study: Engaging men to prevent violence against women in Turkey

Monday, September 23, 2019

The Mother Child Education Foundation (ACEV), funded for the second time by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), works to prevent violence against women by using the role of fatherhood as an entry point. Through a community-based approach, ACEV’s work seeks to facilitate long-term change in the behaviours of adult men to benefit women and girls.

Case Study: Harnessing the power of education to end violence against young women and girls in Serbia

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The organization Autonomous Women’s Center (AWC), funded by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, works to make young women and girls safer in Serbian schools by engaging students and teachers in actively addressing violence, improving educational practices and raising public awareness.

Case Study: 'We have made advances': Working together to end violence against underrepresented women in Chile

Monday, July 22, 2019

Corporación Humanas’ work brings underrepresented women and girls together to assess the context and breadth of violence against them and to increase their visibility, advocacy and capacity building.

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