UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women
The United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) was established in 1996 by UN General Assembly Resolution 50/166. The Trust Fund identifies and supports innovative initiatives around the world that aim to break new ground in the growing movement to eliminate violence against women in all of its manifestations. The UN Trust Fund is administered by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) on behalf of the United Nations System.
The UN Trust Fund is:
- A mechanism for translating government commitments to end violence against women and girls into action.
- The only multilateral grant-making entity supporting efforts to eradicate violence against women and girls in all its forms and contexts.
- A hub of evidence-based knowledge on what works to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls.
Since its establishment, the UN Trust Fund has been an important source of support to women’s, grassroots and other civil society organizations, nurturing innovation, catalyzing change and mobilizing key actors and constituencies – from community to national and international levels. Through provision of grants, it contributes to raising awareness about the issue, advocates for development and implementation of laws grounded in human rights standards, promotes access to services and develops capacity of its grantees for continued progress. Grantees – comprising governments, non-governmental organizations, and since 2008, UN Country Teams – engage diverse actors, such as women’s, men’s, adolescents and youth groups, indigenous communities, religious and traditional leaders, human rights organizations and the media in action to stop violence against women and girls. To date, the UN Trust Fund has supported 393 initiatives in 136 countries and territories with almost USD 103 million.
In 2015, the UN Trust Fund awarded grants worth close to USD 13 million for the implementation in 2016 – 2018. It gave 33 grants to 30 civil society organizations and 3 governments covering 29 countries and territories.
The UN Trust Fund is currently funded 20 active programmes in 15 countries to address violence against women and girls in Asia and the Pacific, representing 26 per cent of its global portfolio as of August 2016.
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News and Updates
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