UN Trust Fund to end violence against women announces over $US8 million in grantsListen /
The United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) on Friday announced USD 8 million in grants to 17 initiatives in 18 countries and territories. First-time grant recipients include organizations from Antigua and Barbuda, Mauritania, Myanmar and Kosovo. These new grants are expected to reach 2.3 million beneficiaries between 2014 and 2017.
Executive Director of UN Women, Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says "Violence against women and girls can be systematically addressed, and, with persistence, eliminated," adding "The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is dedicated to doing just this." She said "Working with partners across the world, the Fund supports concrete action toward a world free of violence. The support of governments, corporations, foundations and individuals is crucial in achieving this goal."
Violence against women and girls continues to be one of the most pervasive human rights violations in the world, affecting as many as one in three women and girls during their lifetime. It severely impacts survivors and comes at tremendous emotional and economic costs for families and societies.
The grants announced Friday will support initiatives that respond to three priority areas of the UN Trust Fund: prevention, expanded access to services, and strengthened implementation of national laws, policies and action plans on violence against women and girls.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.