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Dear Friends of the UN Trust Fund,

For 25 years, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) has leveraged its unique position between Governments, UN agencies and civil society and women’s rights organizations to work towards a future free of violence for women and girls globally. A gender equality milestone in the history of the UN General Assembly, since its establishment in 1996, the UN Trust Fund has expanded its work in scope and in depth to ensure no woman or girl is left behind. This year, as we reach 25 years, we invite you to join us in commemorating this 25-year long journey of grant-giving with a number of #UNTF25 activities, to continue the support to women and girls around the world.
Launching #Give25forUNTF25 Challenge

Ending violence against women and girls starts with every one of us, whether it is to speak up against violence, advocate for inclusive policies, or volunteer at local shelters. We believe in the power of the individual to make a choice that creates a difference in the lives of women and girls.

Today, the UN Trust Fund launches the #Give25forUNTF25 Challenge where you are invited to participate and inspire others to join this collective effort to make sure women and girls can live a life free of violence. In four simple steps, you can make a difference:

Step 1: Change a habit so you can give US$25 to the UN Trust Fund (as many times as you want).

Step 2: Take a photo of yourself, post it on your social media, use hashtags #Give25forUNTF25, tag @UNTrustFundEVAW.

Step 3: Challenge 3 other friends to do the same.

Step 4: Get featured on our channels!

Spotlighting UN Trust Fund Grantees: the Bethany Project

Supported by the UN Trust Fund under the EU/UN Spotlight Initiative, the Bethany Project leads an initiative to protect girls and young women from sexual and gender-based violence through networking and coordinated programming with relevant civil society organizations. Rebecca Gumbo, Project Director at the Bethany Project, shares about achievements, vision, and support for building the women’s movements especially for a small women’s organization. She said, “We believe that ending violence […] is possible through a community- and family-centred approach, led by girls and young women.”

This interview is part of a series to highlight the UN Trust Fund grantees under the Spotlight Initiative and how these women-led and women’s rights organizations are building and nurturing the feminist movements.

Learning from practice: Community mobilization to prevent violence against women and girls
Mobilizing communities is critical to preventing violence against women and girls. However, deeper understanding is needed of:
  • The processes and factors that facilitate effective community mobilization in various contexts;
  • How the changing dynamics of social contexts influence community mobilization programmes; and
  • How programmes adapt in response.
How do different types and sizes of organizations, from small locally based youth groups to large international human rights organizations work to prevent violence against women? 

The UN Trust Fund’s 10-part Prevention Series provides insights and key pathways to prevent violence against women and girls, through conversations with over 100 grantees in different countries and contexts.

Announcement of UN Women Executive Director

On Monday, September 13, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, following consultations with Member States and the Executive Board of UN Women, announced the appointment of Sima Sami Bahous of Jordan as Executive Director of UN Women.
Ms. Bahous succeeds Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka after her eight dedicated years leading UN Women. The United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten will continue to serve as Acting Executive Director until Ms. Bahous assumes this position.
Save the Date: 25th Anniversary of the UN Trust Fund

We are pleased to invite you to the 25th anniversary of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. Thank you for providing your RSVP by clicking here, or by clicking the event's Save-the-Date below, by Wednesday 20 October. Please share this invitation widely with your colleagues and networks.

In the meantime, share your photo, memories and wishes for the 25th anniversary of the UN Trust Fund here.


Join the cause. Donate to the UN Trust Fund and make a difference in the lives of women and girls around the world; support projects to prevent and end violence against women and girls.