In 1996, UN Member States established the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) to accelerate implementation of commitments made in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on ending violence against women and girls. The fund provides grants and expert support to civil society organizations worldwide.
Over the last 25 years, the UN Trust Fund has relied on voluntary contributions and support primarily from UN Member States, which provide approximately 94 per cent of overall resources.
Ongoing support for and trust in the UN Trust Fund’s mandate and operations has enabled it to fund 609 initiatives to date largely implemented by civil society organizations, most of them women-led, women's rights and grassroots organizations. Recognized as the driving force for ending violence against women locally and globally, these organizations are uniquely positioned to reach women and girl survivors of violence in their communities. They also represent key partners in localizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development while leaving no woman behind.
The UN Trust Fund provides a direct link for government partners to support civil society and women’s organizations at the grassroots level. It ensures that the life-changing work of these organizations is resourced, and that they are recognized as front line responders to the needs of women and girls worldwide.
The UN Trust Fund is grateful for the generous support of its partner governments.
Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America, as well as the Spotlight Initiative partnership between the European Union and the United Nations.
Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America, as well as the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative.
Since 2006, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women and the Government of Ireland have enjoyed a deep and continuous partnership to continue working towards preventing and ending violence against women and girls, through supporting targeted actions at the grassroots and community levels. Ireland’s commitment to supporting transformational change towards gender equality is central to its current International Development Policy, A Better World, which firmly recognizes women’s organizations and feminist movements as essential to affect positive change for women and girls and to promote gender equality. This commitment was reiterated in the context of the UN Trust Fund’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, when it acted quickly to support vital women’s rights organizations during the crisis. The UN Trust Fund highlighted the importance of safeguarding and ensuring the continuity of support to community-based organizations responding to the needs of women and girls.
In commemoration of the UN Trust Fund’s 25th anniversary, Colm Brophy, TD, Minister of State for Overseas Development and Diaspora of Ireland, speaks to the importance of the UN Trust Fund’s work and its alignment with Ireland’s priorities to preventing and ending violence against women and girls.
The UN Trust Fund's partnership with Sweden, through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), is based on the shared recognition of women's rights organizations as key stakeholders for change on gender equality and ending violence against women. Since becoming a donor in 2019, SIDA has supported the UN Trust Fund's efforts to strengthen core capacities of civil society organizations serving women and girls survivors of violence. In 2020, SIDA allocated additional resources for the UN Trust Fund's response to COVID-19 in support to women’s organizations as first responders in the field.
Lisa Mossberg, Strategic Coordinator for Global Gender Equality and Women and Girls’ Rights at SIDA, speaks about the importance of partnership with the UN Trust Fund.
On 2 June 2021, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) held its regular annual multilateral donor consultation.
On this occasion, key achievements and results from the closed strategic cycle 2016-2020 were presented, with a special focus on the UN Trust Fund’s response to the COVID-19 crisis that dominated the Fund’s focus in 2020, as the pandemic exacerbated existing inequalities across the globe. Laura Brisbane from the Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations noted how, “the work of the UN Trust Fund has been particularly important during this period with the surge of violence against women, by providing vital support to front line organizations”.
Aldijana Sisic, Chief of the UN Trust Fund, officially launched the new Strategic Plan (SP) 2021-2025, that integrated the lessons learnt from the previous strategic cycle, challenges from 2020 and prospected a bold vision of the path for transformative change. The new UN Trust Fund Strategic Plan is informed by the expertise of and voiced needs from the civil society organizations (CSOs) and especially women’s rights organizations (WROs). One of the new aspects of the SP is the focus on organizational resilience, in recognition of the essential role of CSOs/WROs in driving transformational change beyond project duration. Thus, the UN Trust Fund commits to advocate for increased long-term, and flexible and core funding for the organizations to build their resilience and support their autonomy.
In the context of the forthcoming Generation Equality Forum preparations, Aldijana Sisic invited partners to support the UN Trust Fund’s call to resource CSos/WROs’ expertise and work in ending violence against women with up to 21 per cent of overall programmable budget allocated as core and flexible funding. Lisa Mossberg, Coordinator for Swedish Sida’s Global Strategy for Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Rights, noted that “The UN Trust Fund’s results are impressive, almost overwhelming and the new strategic vision is very good. The commitments UN Trust Fund and UN Women have formulated are well-aligned with our priorities and we will contribute to them through our partnerships with UN Women and UN Trust Fund.” Robin de Vogel, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations, applauded the UN Trust Fund’s ability to “strike the balance between streamlining the complex processes and upholding the highest standards of risk management and prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation”.
The UN Trust Fund partners that attended the meeting were representatives from the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Turkey and the European Commission.