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:
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.
To read UNIFEM's publication With an End in Sight: Strategies From the UNIFEM Trust Fund to Eliminate Violence Against Women , see http://www.unifem.org/index.php?f_page_pid=71
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 www.unifem.org . UNIFEM, 304 East 45th St, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10017, tel: 212 906-6400, fax: 212-906-6705.