About the Trust Fund

We are learning how to stop the violence. These projects reflect the increasing committment that exists worldwide to protect women’s rights, provide services for victims and punish crimes of violence against women and girls. —Noeleen Heyzer, Former Executive Director, UNIFEM

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The UN Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence Against Women was established by General Assembly resolution 50/166 in 1996 and is managed by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). In establishing the Trust Fund, the General Assembly highlighted eliminating violence against women as critical to accelerating the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The Trust Fund is the only multilateral grant-making mechanism that supports local, national and regional efforts to combat violence.

Since it began operations in 1997, the UN Trust Fund has distributed more than US$40 million to 286 initiatives in 115 countries. With grants currently ranging from US$300,000 to US$1 million, UN Trust Fund projects focus on supporting the implementation of national laws, policies and action plans that address violence against women. Grants support:

Grantees, comprising government and non-governmental organizations, have engaged diverse actors, such as women’s, men’s and youth groups and networks; indigenous communities; religious and traditional leaders; human rights organizations; academic and research organizations; and the media.

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Report of the United Nations Development Fund for Women on the Elimination of Violence Against Women: Note by the Secretary-GeneralReport of the United Nations Development Fund for Women on the Elimination of Violence Against Women: Note by the Secretary-General. This report documents the activities undertaken by UNIFEM in 2006 to help eliminate violence against women. It highlights, in particular, activities funded through the Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women, administered by UNIFEM.

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