Haribai fought all odds to become a worksite supervisor under the world’s largest pay-for-work programme, MGNREGA. Here she collects her earnings at the local bank in the Lalitpur district of Uttar Pradesh. As part of a project supported by UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality and Gender at Work, Haribai and 9000 other Dalit women opened bank accounts to control the money they earn. All-women worksites, stronger collectives and trained women supervisors helped 30,000 Dalit women in Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh to learn about and benefit from MGNREGA. Photo: UN Women/Gaganjit Singh
UN Women provides grants to fuel innovative, high-impact programmes by government agencies and civil society groups through two funds—the Fund for Gender Equality and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. A multi-donor initiative, the Fund for Gender Equality is dedicated to programmes that increase women’s economic opportunities and/or political participation at local and national levels. Managed by UN Women on behalf of the UN system, the UN Trust Fund works to stop all of the diverse forms of gender-based violence that undercut women’s rights around the world.