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In the words of Nongnee Kondii: “I was told that being a lesbian woman is a sin”

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Discriminatory stereotypes, cultural norms and attitudes that normalize and trivialize violence against women and girls are prevalent in every part of the world. Nongnee Kondii*, 25, from Yala, a southern border province of Thailand, never felt safe expressing her sexual orientation at home or in her community. When she experienced a traumatic sexual assault, she kept silent at first. In May 2016, after participating in a gender retreat for young people organized by Rainbow Sky Association(RSAT), an organization that works to promote the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual women, transgender and intersex persons (LGBTI) in Thailand, supported by the UN Trust Fund to end Violence against Women (managed by UN Women), Kondii decided to speak out and pursue the path of justice. With funding from the UN Trust Fund, RSAT continues to organize workshops with LGBTI individuals in Thailand to support them to combat stigma based on sexual orientation and gender identity. More

New UN Trust Fund initiative in Moldova aims to protect elderly women from domestic violence

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

HelpAge International, in partnership with Gender Centru, launched a 3-year initiative which aims to inform elderly women in Moldova about their rights and protect them from domestic violence. The project, "Ensuring Gender and Age Dimensions of Human Rights are realized in Moldova,” is supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund). More

In the words of Itumeleng Komanyane: If male policymakers don’t understand gender, how can they pass progressive policies to protect women?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Itumeleng Komanyane is the International Programme Manager at Sonke Gender Justice in South Africa, which advances gender equality and addresses HIV and AIDS across eighteen countries in Africa. At Sonke, she coordinated a multi-country project funded by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (managed by UN Women on behalf of the UN system) from 2011-2014, which focused on increasing support among men and boys to end gender based violence in Kenya, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. Recently, Komanyane attended the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. More

In the words of Ani Jilozian: “Ultimately, this violence stems from patriarchy”

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ani Jilozian, 31, is the Research and Data Specialist at the Women’s Support Center in Armenia, which has been supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), for the period of 2015-2017. More

In Serbia, women survivors of domestic violence find hope in the “Good Garden”

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The “Good Garden” is a social enterprise for growing organic vegetables, and also a training centre for organic production for women survivors of domestic violence who wish to get involved in this sustainable farming method. More

Community leadership makes markets safer for women traders in Tanzania

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

For women working in the Mchikichini market, violence and discrimination used to be a daily reality. But now, thanks to the “Give Payment, Not Abuse: Protecting Informal Women Traders in Dar es Salaam from Violence against Women” project, women market traders are protected by law and can work without the fear of violence. More

Indigenous women take to radio to say, ‘no more violence’ in Nicaragua

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The national epidemic of violence against women and girls is acute in Nicaragua, particularly for indigenous women. UN Trust Fund is supporting an innovative radio project, which is providing consistent information on women’s rights and how to access justice in the local Miskito language. Since 2016, the project has trained women’s rights defenders on effective interviewing and broadcasting techniques, and provided more than 350 solar radios to 115 communities. More

Empowering refugee women and girls

Monday, January 9, 2017

A UN Trust Fund project informs residents of the services available in refugee camps along the Myanmar-Thailand border, including three safe houses that offer psychosocial support. It runs workshops to raise awareness about violence against women and the rights of women and girls. Thousands of adolescents, male and female, have attended the workshops. More

In a community in Myanmar, a role model changes attitudes and actions

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

As one of 20 men trained as ‘role models’ in Kayah State and Rakhine State, Tin Moe Tun promotes a safe family environment, shares knowledge of women’s rights and organizes men to protect women from violence and to make sure they are included in community decision-making. More

Press release: Robust funding critical to ending the pandemic of violence against women and girls

Monday, November 21, 2016

UNiTE campaign’s “Orange the World” initiative urges raising money to end violence against women and girls during this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence More

Press release: Luminaries, activists and artistes come together to spotlight life-changing interventions on ending the pandemic of violence against women and girls

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Press release: Luminaries, activists and artistes come together to spotlight life-changing interventions on ending the pandemic of violence against women and girls. UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman co-hosts star-studded gala to mark 20 years of grant-making through UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. More

From where I stand: Aiturgan Djoldoshbekova and Aigul Alybaeva

Monday, November 14, 2016

Aiturgan Djoldoshbekova is participating in a school-based education programme to empower girls, initiate inter-generational dialogues to change attitudes and to end bride kidnapping, early and/or forced marriages. Her mother, Aigul Alybaeva, supports her daughter’s participation in the programme and talks with her about various issues, including violence against women and girls. More

Preventing violence against women in Brazil using art

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) is supporting the CAMTRA organization, which stages artistic and cultural events in areas where there are large concentrations of young people in order to raise awareness about violence against women and girls. More

Stopping bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A programme from the National Federation of Female Communities of Kyrgyzstan, supported by a grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, has introduced the first-ever curriculum on gender-based violence in Kyrgyz language in schools in rural Kyrgyzstan. More

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman wears Orange Heart, champions fundraising effort to end violence against women

Thursday, June 30, 2016

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman proudly wears a necklace made by women survivors of violence to benefit initiatives aimed at ending this pandemic human rights violation that affects one in three women and girls worldwide. More

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women marks 20 years with event in Amsterdam

Sunday, April 24, 2016

On 25 April, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), administered by UN Women on behalf of the UN System, will kick off celebrations of its 20th year of grant-making with an Amsterdam-based event at The College Hotel. More

Gender Violence Bill presented in Uruguay

Friday, April 15, 2016

Uruguay’s Council of Ministers has just approved a Government bill that aims "to guarantee women a life free of gender-based violence." The bill, which will now go to the Senate, not only defines gender violence and how it manifests itself but would also bring about a change to current criminal law and create an institutional response system as well as specialized courts. More

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women issues annual Call for Proposals

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women invites civil society organizations and governments to apply for funding through the 20th grant cycle (2016). The deadline for submitting concept notes is 4 May 2016, 23:59 EDT (GMT–4). More

Advocacy and laws confront trafficking across the Arab States

Thursday, March 3, 2016

A three-year anti-trafficking programme supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is boosting legal enforcement against the crime in Egypt, Jordan and Morocco. More

Fathers in Turkey foster violence-free families and gender equality

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A ground-breaking fatherhood project in Turkey brings fathers together to discuss family issues and dynamics that lead to more equitable and non-violent households. More

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