Published on United Nations Human Rights, 30 November 2011.
From Uganda to Grenada; from Nepal to Iraq; from Bangladesh to Ukraine: since its creation in 1996, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women has delivered more than USD 78 million to support 339 initiatives around the world.
The UN Trust Fund celebrates this year 15 years of preventing violence against women and girls; expanding their access to services, including legal assistance, psychological counseling and health care; and strengthening the implementation of laws, policies and action plans on violence against women and girls … //
… The UN Trust Fund relies on voluntary contributions from UN Member States, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and individual donors.
Contributions are generally disbursed to non-governmental organizations, also to governments and UN country teams. Grants are awarded annually through an open and competitive process.
OHCHR and other UN agencies who work to address types or circumstances of violence against women and girls are members of the Inter-Agency Committee, which advises and participates in decision making of the grant. The Trust Fund is managed by UN Women on behalf of the UN system.
“It is only by placing women’s human rights, including the right to be free from violence, at the center of our efforts,” said Manjoo “that we will be able to build a more secure world, based on the common goal and the shared obligation of ensuring that human rights are universally and equally enjoyed.”
The 16 days of activism campaign, which runs every year from 25 November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – to 10 December – Human Rights Day – calls for the elimination of violence against women and invites everyone to take action against it. (full long text).