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

31 May 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”

25 April 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”

19 April 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

11 April 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

12 February 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

09 January 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

04 January 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

21 November 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

17 November 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

14 November 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

20 October 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

09 August 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

30 June 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

24 April 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

15 April 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

05 April 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

03 March 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

09 December 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

Against an orange stage, a powerful performance raises funds to end violence against women

20 October 2015

With melodies ranging from ominous to melancholic to upbeat, it was a show as grand as the concert hall it graced. Donating their artistry to end violence against women, on 19 October 90 principal musicians from 40 of the world’s great orchestras, ensembles and academies performed at Carnegie Hall. More

At Carnegie Hall, classical musicians crescendo to end violence

09 October 2015

On 19 October 2015 at 8 p.m., principal musicians from the world’s great orchestras, ensembles and academies, will perform at Carnegie Hall, donating their artistry to end violence against women. Proceeds will support the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. More

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