Contribution to UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women


Switzerland is renewing its contribution to the system-wide United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UNTF). As the only global multilateral grant-making mechanism exclusively devoted to supporting local and national efforts to ending violence against women and girls (EVAW/G), including in fragile and conflict contexts, the UNTF has the advantage to possess a global overview of the legal provisions and practices, methods of prevention and types of support services needed. Dissemination of good practice will be strengthened to inform policy and programming.

RegionCountry Topic Period Budget
Global
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Legal and judicial development
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Psycho-social support (till 2016)
01.12.2016 - 30.11.2021
CHF 3'000'000
Background

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a universal phenomenon irrespective of income, class, education, culture and age. The root causes of all forms of violence against women and girls remain the unequal power relations between men and women and gender inequality in all facets of life. It is a major cause of poverty and a serious barrier to sustainable development. The United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UNTF) was established in 1996 and awards grants annually to governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as to UN country teams.

Target

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women’s advocates for and finances innovative approaches for preventing and ending violence against women and girls, shares learning from global evidence collected from the projects it funds and leverages its mandate and convening power to foster increased funding for EVAW/G.

Target group
  • Women and girl, men and boys on prevention work
  • Journalists and teachers on prevention work
  • Women and girls victims of violence ranging from domestic and sexual violence, sexual harassment, harmful practices such as child, early and forced marriage to female genital mutilation/cutting to trafficking and forced prostitution
  • Law makers, judges, police and social workers on legislation and law enforcement, including support services
  • Grantees’ NGOs through the strengthening of their internal monitoring and evaluation functions
Outcomes
  • Improved access for women and girls to essential, safe and adequate multisectoral services to end VAW/G
  • Increased effectiveness of legislation, policies, national action plans and accountability systems to prevent and end VAW/G
  • Improved prevention of VAW/G through changes in behaviors, practices and attitudes
Results

Expected Results:  

  • Grants for EVAW/G are used efficiently and effectively to achieve results and generate evidence and lessons learned
  • Global evidence hub created for harvesting, analysing and disseminating useful lessons from the evaluated results of UNTF projects that measurably inform policy and programming
  • Partnership created and support mobilized for increased global resourcing and commitments to EVAW/G, including for the UNTF


Results from previous phase:  

Since its establishment in 1996, The projects supported by the UNTF contributed to changing knowledge and behaviour by addressing in particular men and boys’ perception and attitude which is fundamental to ending violence against women and girls. Other results include: new legislation, improved referral systems and access to justice for survivors, improved access to health and protection services for survivors. In 2015, over 1 million people benefitted from the UNTF. Close to 180’000 women and girls have been directly involved in programs’ activities. Over 130’000 people have been engaged as agents of change including men and boys, education professionals, and community based organizations. Around 700’000 people were reached through awareness raising, social media campaigns, radio, TV and theatre. The results and lessons learned informed the current UNTF Strategic Plan 2015-2020.


Agency SDC
Credit Development cooperation
Project Partners Contract Partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)

Implementing Partner
Multiple Local Partners

Projects Coordination

The UNTF ensures the involvement of UN agencies in all actions, thereby working towards creating synergies between UNTF activities and the wider UN System in the context of ‘delivering as one’. It will also share good practice with multi-projects supported by Switzerland, such as projects in Mongolia and Nepal.

Budget Current Phase Swiss Budget CHF   3'000'000 Swiss Disbursement Till Know CHF   2'900'000 Budget Inclusive Project Partner CHF   13'827'509
Project Phases Phase 3 01.12.2016 - 30.11.2021   (Current Phase) Phase 2 15.12.2013 - 30.11.2016   (Completed) Phase 1 01.12.2011 - 30.11.2013   (Completed)