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UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

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The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) is a testimony to the global consciousness that violence against women and girls is neither inevitable nor acceptable. The UN Trust Fund is a leading global grant-making mechanism exclusively dedicated to addressing violence against women and girls in all its forms. It supports effective initiatives that demonstrate that violence against women and girls can be systematically addressed, reduced and, with persistence, eliminated.

Since its creation, the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) has awarded USD 95 million to 368 initiatives in 132 countries and territories. The UN Trust Fund currently supports 77 programmes in 70 countries with a value of USD 55.5 million. 

Established by UN General Assembly resolution 50/166 in 1996 and administered by UN Women on behalf of the UN system, the UN Trust Fund works with non-governmental organizations, governments and UN country teams to:

Prevent violence against women and girls by empowering groups especially at risk of violence, including adolescent girls and indigenous or ethnic minority women, and engaging strategic groups such as youth, men and boys, and traditional and faith-based leaders in prevention efforts;

Expand the access of women and girl survivors of violence to services including legal assistance, psychosocial counseling, health care, and building the capacity of service providers to respond effectively to the needs of women and girls affected by violence;

Strengthen the implementation of laws, policies and action plans on violence against women and girls through data collection and analysis, building capacities of service providers and strengthening institutions to become more effective, transparent and accountable in addressing violence against women.

By supporting actions where they matter most, the UN Trust Fund is uniquely placed to meet the most urgent needs of women and girls and their communities. The programmes supported by the UN Trust Fund also contribute directly to the advancement of the goals of the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign on the ground. The UN Trust Fund grants are awarded annually through an open, transparent process that ensures quality programming and rigor in the selection of grantees. The grant-making process is highly competitive. For instructions on how to apply, please consult the Application Guidelines.

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Featured Publications
  • UNTF brochure 2013

    They count on us, we count on you
    This brochure outlines the UN Trust Fund's work and funding for organizations around the world, showcases where money goes and what these funds can achieve. More »

  • Coverpage UNTF annual report 2012

    Annual Report 2012
    The Annual Report documents the Trust Fund’s work around the world, reviewing the accomplishments of 2012 and offering perspectives on the questions confronted by grantees in every country. More »

  • UNTF regional factsheets 2013

    Regional Factsheets 2013
    The Fact Sheets detail current investments in all five regions and identify the countries with UN Trust Fund-supported programmes and new grants awarded in 2012. More »