To reach the target of this Commitment, UNIFEM and the UN Trust Fund team have already put in place the following:
- In partnership with the United Nations Foundation (UNF), leading foundations committed to gender equality and ending violence against women have been approached.
- A UN Trust Fund Urgent Alert was disseminated via internet listserves (July 2009) to mobilize million in 2009 to address the shortfall in resources due to the global financial crisis. It is in times of crises that women and girls are at higher risks of violence and exploitation. This has included dissemination to 40,000 individuals (signatories to UNIFEM's Say NO to Violence against Women initiative championed by Nicole Kidman, UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador and spokesperson for the UN Trust Fund); and to over 100 international and regional women's and human rights organizations. The Alert has already received an impressive response, with donations being made at a site hosted by UNF (www.unfoundation.org/donate/un-trust-fund.html).
If the fundraising drive is successful, the work plan and expected process results include:
- Increasing the number of grants available from the 11 slated for approval in 2009 to upwards of 100 per year by 2015.
- Increasing the number of countries benefitting from the Fund's support (Baseline: 38 countries in 2008). - - Supporting skills-building/capacity development for grantees, through state-of-the-art training workshops and ongoing coaching with leading experts in the field.
- Expanding the global knowledge base on how to effectively respond to violence against women and girls, through generation of models and good practices available for upscaling by other countries, proven through rigorous evaluations.
- Increasing the number of new partners and donors who join the global movement to end violence against women, in particular via private sector commitments to the Fund (Johnson & Johnson and Avon are existing partners).
- Intensifying outreach on the issue of violence against women, including via high-profile events covered by the mass media. Examples include the UN Trust Fund event with Avon Foundation and Reese Witherspoon in March 2008.
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Violence against women and girls has long been a silent global pandemic of alarming proportions, severely underfunded and neglected by decision-makers. Most women suffer horrific acts of abuse and violence without ever even speaking of the injustices or seeking help from the police or health professionals, while perpetrators go free.
It is only in recent years that a marked intensification of social and political mobilization, from country to global levels, has positioned the issue high on the international agenda as a priority for peace and security, poverty reduction, economic productivity, gender equality and halting the spread of HIV. These developments, which include landmark UN agreements as well as the launch of the Secretary-General's Campaign on the issue in 2008, provide a historic opportunity to push for making real progress on the ground in a scale and scope unprecedented to date in this field. More countries than ever before have adopted laws and action plans, and the highest levels of government (from heads of state, to ministers and congressional leaders) have publicly pledged their commitment. But especially in poor countries, the resources to implement these commitments are limited, leaving women and girls at risk and without recourse for their safety and justice. The UN Trust Fund - as the only global mechanism dedicated to channeling expertise and resources to developing countries and countries in transition to tackle this issue - is uniquely placed to be a major source of support in meeting this implementation challenge. UN General Assembly resolutions have also called explicitly to increase resources to the Fund, in recognition of its important contributions.
UN Trust Fund grantees are primarily women's groups and other non-governmental organizations, selected annually through a rigorous technical appraisal process. The annual Call for Proposals and selection of final awardees is based on a global open, competitive and merit-based process centered on quality standards and clear results. Fostering partnerships, including among governments and civil society, and with the support of the United Nations System, is a hallmark of the Fund. The Fund is poised to become a leading global knowledge hub of 'what works' and best practices to end gender-based violence, through its emphasis on technical standards, monitoring and evaluation, and documentation for global knowledge-sharing.
It is important to note that the drive to mobilize resources for the UN Trust Fund is not only a financial target, but a political one: Because it is a pooled funding mechanism, trends in the Fund's resource base serve as a barometer of political will, as well as of the commitment of other donors.
The United Nations Development Fund for Women is seeking fundraising and partnership opportunities, especially within the private sector, private foundations, and individuals. The United Nations Development Fund for Women is also weeking pro-bono communication services to design strategies that will increase the UN Trust Fund's visibility. The United Nations Development Fund for Women is looking for marketing support for 'branding' the UN Trust Fund as the premier giving vehicle for addressing violence against women. The United Nations Development Fund for Womenis seeking opportunities to share best practices in ending violence against women and girls and the achievements of UN Trust Fund grantees with different stakeholders.
The United Nations Develoment Fund for Women is offering the best and promising practices for ending violence against women in three key areas: prevention of violence against women and girls, increasing survivors' access to critical services, and strengthening institutions to better respond to violence against women and girls. The United Nations Develoment Fund for Women is also offering new critical knowledge of the intersection between violence against women and HIV/AIDS as well as emerging knowledge of violence against women in conflict, post-conflict, and transitional contexts. The United Nations Develoment Fund for Women offers lessons learned about programming,monitoring, and innovative evaluation methodologies.