In 1996, UN Member States established the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) to accelerate the 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 646 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 and consults with them and other interested Member States on a regular basis through its Annual Briefings
Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, 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, Hungary, 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, Türkiye, 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.