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Source: United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
15 November 2004

For immediate release
15 November 2004
Contact:  Leigh Pasqual +1 212-906-5463


United Nations Trust Fund Grants Awarded to 17 Initiatives From 20 Countries

United Nations, New York - The United Nations Trust Fund to Eliminate Violence Against Women will grant US$900,000 to 17 groups in developing countries, who are addressing gender-based violence in conflict and post-conflict situations.

Through Trust Fund grants:

"Gender-based violence during conflict is part of a continuum of violence that affects women and girls from times of peace to times of war. It only deepens with war," said Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Trust Fund support will enable catalytic approaches to the challenges women face in conflict situations, and provide opportunities to influence peace building and reconstruction processes.

The Trust Fund is a unique multilateral mechanism established by the UN General Assembly in 1996 and administered by UNIFEM. Grants are decided collectively by representatives of UN agencies and international NGOs.

Since its establishment, the Trust Fund has granted US$8.3 million to 175 initiatives in 96 countries. Demand continues to outstrip supply. UNIFEM has received up to US$17.5 million in requests, with only about US$1 million to give out each year. "For every project funded, there are at least ten turned away. Over the last 8 years, we have learned from the innovative efforts of nongovernmental and governmental organizations worldwide, efforts that have made real progress on the issue. They must continue to be supported if there is to be an end in sight to violence against women. Our biggest obstacle is not a lack of ideas. It is a lack of resources," said Heyzer.

Donors to the 2004 grant-making cycle include Japan, Denmark, Finland, Trinidad and Tobago, as well as NGOs and private individuals.

For more information on the Trust Fund, see

To read UNIFEM's publication With an End in Sight: Strategies From the UNIFEM Trust Fund to Eliminate Violence Against Women , see

To read UNIFEM's publication Not A Minute More: Ending Violence Against Women , see

UNIFEM is the women's fund at the United Nations, providing financial support and technical assistance to innovative programs promoting women's human rights, their economic and political empowerment, and gender equality in over 100 countries. For more information, visit . UNIFEM, 304 East 45th St, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10017, tel: 212 906-6400, fax: 212-906-6705.

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