UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women and Girls

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), managed by UN Women on behalf of the UN system, is proud to launch its 2019 Annual Report. The report looks at the work of UN Trust Fund-funded civil society organizations during 2019, where over 2 million people were reached through just 61 projects, and highlights their extraordinary achievements through the year in working to end the long existing pandemic of violence against women.

As the UN Trust Fund comes to the end of its current Strategic Plan covering 2015-2020, the report analyses achievements in 2019 and looks back over the course of the last 4 years, where grantees reached over 22 million individuals with projects to prevent and end violence against women and girls. The report shows the life-changing work of women’s rights and women’s led organizations in their capacity on the front line in delivering services to survivors, implementing laws and policies and preventing violence against women and girls globally. Indeed, in 2019 of the 79 new grants funded, 71 were to self-identified women-led organizations.

In addition, grantees continued to drive progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by reaching women and girls most often left behind including; more than 5,000 women and girls living with disabilities and almost 9,000 refugee or internally displaced women and girls in 2019 with projects to prevent and end violence.

The changing context created at the end of 2019 and into 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into stark relief the crucial role these organizations play. Measures introduced to contain the spread of the virus in many countries prevented them from carrying out some of the usual aspects of their work in the first part of 2020. However, they were able to provide a critical source of practitioner-led evidence and represent the voice of organizations on the front line of the work to prevent and end violence against women and girls in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.

Civil society and women’s organizations served as an early warning system, drawing attention to how, across all five regions where the UN Trust Fund operates, social isolation measures introduced in their countries were leading to an alarming increase in violence against women and girls, exacerbating the already existing pandemic.

The grantees’ work presented in the UN Trust Fund’s Annual Report shows that these organizations have a strong grasp of the contextual needs of the communities they serve, both during a new crisis and responding to the long existing human rights violation of violence against women. These results show that with investments, civil society organizations can and do achieve profound and sustained changes in the lives of women and girls.