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UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. Supporting action to end violence against women and girls where it matters most – at the country, local and community levels . . The UN Trust Fund: Origins. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

Supporting action to end violence against women and girls where it matters most at the country, local and community levels.

1The UN Trust Fund: OriginsUnited Nations General Assembly Resolution 50/166 (1996UNIFEM administers the UN Trust Fund on behalf of the UN system

Inter-agency Consultative Mechanism (20 UN agencies, leading NGOs)UNIFEM reports on the activities of the UN Trust Fund annually to the UN Commission on the Status of Women and the Commission on Human Rights

2What is the UN Trust Fund? What does it do?Leading multilateral grant-making mechanism devoted to supporting country and local-level action to address violence against women and girls; Annual cycle of grant-making 15th cycle in 2010;Convenes partners in the process: UN, NGOs, experts(e.g. research organizations, ICRW, MEASURE Evaluation, masculinities);Outreach and advocacy to engage new actors and non-traditional partners on the issue

3UN Trust Fund grantees1997-2009: Over $50 million awarded in grants to 304 programmes in 121 countries.Among other things, UN Trust Fund grantees have worked to:Ensure the access of women and girl survivors of violence to safety, psychosocial, health, legal aid, and other services;End impunity for perpetrators by supporting the enforcement of laws;Address the lethal intersections of violence against women and girls and HIV; Expand efforts to end female genital mutilation / cutting;Empower especially vulnerable groups including adolescent girls, minority and indigenous women; andEngage strategic groups such as youth, men and boys, traditional and faith-based leaders in efforts to prevent violence against women and girls.

4UN Trust Fund grantees funded by Zonta International

Acid Survivors Trust InternationalAl Shehab Foundation for Comprehensive Development

Association for Womens Role Development

Gender and Development for Cambodia

5History of UNTF grants funded by ZICountry / RegionGrantee OrganizationTotal amount from Zonta International (in US$)Duration of projectBhutan / Asia regionNational Commission for Women and Children$75,000December 2005-March 2009Niger / Africa regionAssociation des Femmes Juristes du Niger (AFJN)$67,655December 2006-December 2008Sierra Leone / Africa regionInternational Rescue Committee (IRC)$100,000December 2007-July 2009Cambodia / Asia regionGender and Development for Cambodia (GAD/C)$300,000December 2007-December 2010Egypt / Arab regionAl Shehab Foundation for Comprehensive Development$200,000December 2007-December 2009Syria / Arab regionAssociation for Womens Role Development (AWRD)$100,000December 2007-August 2009Uganda, Nepal, Cambodia / Cross-RegionalAcid Survivors Trust International (ASTI)$427,100 ($100,000 from Zonta International)New grantee; 2-year project6UNTF/ZI grantees in the Arab region

The UN Trust Fund has had a total of sixteen projects based in Arab states since its first cycle of grant-making in 1997.

The Fund currently has four active grants in the Arab region, two of which are funded by Zonta International in Egypt and Syria totaling over 18% of all funds distributed to current UN Trust Fund grantees in Arab states.

7Al Shehab Foundation for Comprehensive Development, Egypt,Combating Physical Violence against Women and Supporting the Implementation of Protective and Anti-Discriminatory Laws and Policies

Improving the provision of services (legal, medical, psychosocial aid) to women and girl survivors of violence at the community level and promoting effective application of protective and anti-discriminatory laws, polices, and action plans in ending violence against women8BackgroundEgypt has laws and Penal Codes which provide general provisions on violence against women but are constrained by social, cultural and economic barriers.

Moreover, very few shelters to protect women survivors of violence exist in Egypt.

The combination of unequal access to justice and lack of shelters leave women in violent domestic situations.

9Al Shehabs ProgrammeAl Shehab Foundation for Comprehensive Development was awarded a grant of US$ 200,000 in 2007, thanks to Zonta Internationals contribution to the UN Trust Fund.

The 2 year programme, Combating Physical Violence Against Women and Supporting the Implementation of Protective and Anti-Discriminatory Laws and Polices, was established to:improve service provision to women survivors of violence at the community levelpromote effective application of laws, policies and action plans to protect women survivorsreform legislation discriminating against women

10ResultsStrengthened capacity of shelters to provide quality services to women survivors of violence in six communities of six Egyptian governorates

Increased awareness of women from Ezbet El-Haggana on violence issues

Increased community and public awareness on violence against women11Result #1: Strengthened capacity of shelters to provide quality services

Increasingly responding to the needs of vulnerable womenSome shelters such as Eva House began to accept cases and provide shelter to vulnerable women (e.g. female sex workers)

CBOs adopted a Human Rights based approachEl Minya Governorate mainstreamed VAW into illiteracy classes program for men and women in 20 villagesQena Governorate established a Womens Club to raise awareness amongst women on their rights and share experiencesSuez Governorate established a Community Committee of tribal leaders, social workers, and lawyers to defend womens rights and right to inheritance

12Result #2: Increased awareness of women on violence issues Workshops for women held on education and awareness Two workshops were organized (total of 20 women participants) on womens rights and knowledge on the justice system.

Training and capacity building of couplesFifty married couples in total were trained and counseled

Referral network builtVocational training services for women survivors of violence and referrals to NGOs to organize income generation activities for survivors

13Result #3: Increased community and public awareness on violence against women Involving more men and community leadersNew inclusive approach for community leaders and men with creation of Communitys Negotiation Council

Increase in the number of men visiting the CenterForty men in total visited the Center for psychosocial support and marriage counseling

Pioneering a ground-breaking national radio program to increase awareness of VAW, the first of its kindAl Shehab, in collaboration with UNIFEM and the Egyptian government, broadcast its radio drama series FARHA on the National Radio and Television Station to raise awareness on combating VAW and promoting womens human rights from a community perspective.

14Al Shehab, Testimony from a beneficiaryCase Study of a 31 year old woman, married for 13 years with three children, facing domestic violence. Husband has remarried.

I started to participate in the awareness sessions and I benefited a lot from the legal assistance and awareness.

In addition to my right in an alimony for myself and my children and my right for custody of the children as well as the provision of housing for them and the expense of tuition fees, Al-Shehab supported me in being granted a personal identification card. Additionally, a general contract for legal issues was made for me as well as following up with my alimony and battering record case.

As a result, I was successful in achieving all of my legal rights.

15Association for Womens Role Development, Syria,New Hope for Abused Women: towards overcoming GBV

Improving the provision of information and services to women survivors of violence and communities with the establishment of One-Stop Centres, which are shelters providing integrated services and are filled with technically qualified staff to respond to specific needs16BackgroundIn Syria, violence against women is largely perpetuated by family members (e.g. husbands, fathers or brothers).

Family honor and prestige prevent women from reporting abuse they experience at the hands of male family members.

Syrian law advocates lenient sentences to men who murder women relatives involved in extramarital affairs (known as "honor killings which mostly occur in rural and nomadic communities).

17AWRDs ProgrammeA grant of US$ 100,000 was awarded by the UN Trust Fund in 2007, thanks to Zonta Internationals contribution, to implement a one-year programme, New Hope for Abused Women: towards overcoming gender-based violence.

This programme established an integrated One-Stop Centre and was the first of its kind in Syria, reaching 1000 women a year, to:build capacity of the Centres staff to provide quality services to women survivors of violence promote the revision of all legislation, policies, customs, and practices that promote violence against women

18ResultsStrengthened capacity of the Centres staff to provide quality services to women survivors of violence

Awareness-raising activities for decision makers and leaders on gender equality and violence against women issues

19Result #1: Strengthened capacity of the Centres staff Eleven training workshops conducted to support capacity development of staff and volunteers of the One-Stop Centre. Skills taught include:Team buildingActive listeningPsychological first aidInvestigating rape cases

Telephone hotline established to reach women throughout Syria with emphasis on privacy and confidentiality

20Result #2: Awareness-raising activities for decision makers and leaders A workshop for EVAW organizations and institutions was held on 16 March 2009 in colla