The United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) has kicked off its 16th year announcing more than US$8 million in grants to 12 local initiatives in 18 countries. In ten countries, funds will be used to address violence against women in conflict, post conflict and transitional settings, including Libya for the first time.
In Libya, International Medical Corps will reduce stigma against survivors of gender-based violence, working directly with communities, the police and local militias, and will establish safe spaces for women to serve as hubs for psychosocial support and referrals.
Administered by the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) on behalf of the UN System, the UN Trust Fund is the only multilateral grant-making mechanism exclusively dedicated to ending all forms of violence against women and girls.
The work of the UN Trust Fund is supported by Member States, including: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Finland, Germany, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, the Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, South Africa, Switzerland and the United States of America.