15 Years of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women
A young woman from a fishing community in West Bengal in eastern India.
Photo by: UN Women/Anindit Roy-Chowdhury
2011 marks the 15 year anniversary of the United Nations Trust Fund to End violence against Women. The UN Trust Fund was established in 1996 by UN General Assembly resolution 50/166 and is managed by UN Women on behalf of the UN system. It is a multilateral grant-making mechanism exclusively devoted to supporting local and national efforts to end violence against women and girls worldwide.
Since it began operations in 1997, more than USD 78 million has been granted through the UN Trust Fund to 339 initiatives in 127 countries and territories. To learn more about the UN Trust Fund, read the stories below then, join us in this important work!
15 Years of the UN Trust Fund
AMERICAS AND THE CARIBBEAN
- Guatemala: Young Mayan Women Shape the Future
At 24 years old, Laura has already endured a lifetime of suffering. Growing up in an indigenous community in Quetzaltenango, in western Guatemala, Laura lost her mother at the tender age of 13. Read more »
- Brazil: Speaking Out against Violence through Hip Hop
Janaina Oliveira is a young woman from a poor neighbourhood in one of Rio de Janeiro's suburbs with an alarmingly high rate of violence against women and girls. Read more»
- Colombia: Mapping Experiences Changes Municipal Plans
She was from a rural area in the department of Tolima, but after she was raped, she fled to the city of Soacha. There, she settled in a place where it was illegal to live, but she did not know where else to go. Read more»
- Cameroon: Hope and Medical Care Reach Refugees in Cameroon
A13-year-old girl leaves her home to collect wood and make a fire for cooking. A man approaches her and rapes her. She’s too scared to tell her parents, hiding her grief privately. Read more »
- Rwanda: Women Ex-Combatants Advocate for Peace and Rights
Violence has affected nearly every aspect of the lives of women in Rwanda. The 1994 genocide killed 800,000 people and resulted in the rape of at least 500,000 women. Read more »
- Changing Attitudes towards FGM in Kenya
Zipporah Kittony was thirteen years old when she ran away from home. She was running because her parents were refusing to let her take part in a common cultural ritual — one that she is now fighting to end. Read more »
EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA
- Bulgaria: Activists Bring a Law Alive
After Bulgaria passed its Law on Protection against Domestic Violence in 2005, the courts in Sofia, the capital, were soon busy processing hundreds of cases. Read more »
- Russia: Helping HIV-positive Women Rebuild Their Lives (12 Oct 2010)
When Valentina, an HIV-positive resident of St. Petersburg, Russia, realized she needed help, she was 34 and expecting a child. She ha