The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) supports innovative, promising approaches to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls. Created by the UN General Assembly in 1996, and managed by UN Women on behalf of the UN system, it currently supports 95 initiatives in 71 countries and territories with grants totaling US$56.3 million.
In Colombia, Chile and El Salvador, a UN Trust Fund grant helps Sur Corporacion de Estudios Sociales y Educacion (Sur Corporacion), a civil society organization, in training police on enforcing laws and policies to stop violence against women and girls. Over 700 hundred officers have attended a course grounded in the principles of women's right to live free from violence. It teaches participants about different manifestations of violence, how to improve responsiveness, and how to track and follow-up on cases. A country exchange programme shares promising practices and experiences.
Improved communication between the police and women's organizations in all three countries has fostered common understanding of the scope of violence against women and girls. After the training is complete, comprehensive follow-up workshops bring representatives from the police and women's organizations together to narrow in on the most critical procedures and protocols to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.Gender-based violence in and around schools in Viet Nam is so prevalent it has become one of the main barriers to girls' empowerment and gender equality. Plan Vietnam, a children's development organization, is using a UN Trust Fund grant to promote a solution-the Gender Responsive School Pilot Model. Now being implemented in 20 secondary schools across Hanoi, the model encourages schools to be safe, accountable and child friendly.
By the end of 2014, teachers in all 20 schools were using comprehensive manuals to talk about school-related gender-based violence with over 16,000 adolescent girls and boys. Among other issues, students learn to recognize and challenge inequitable gender norms, and violence in their everyday lives. Hundreds of students have turned to new school counselling services for psycho-social support.
In the Arab States, the Jordanian Women's Union has joined the Egyptian Centre for Women's Assistance and the Union de l'Action Feminine in Morocco to mobilize regional action to prevent the trafficking of women. In Jordan, 35 organizations have improved services, including through referrals to psychosocial and legal support. Outreach in highly vulnerable rural and poor communities in Egypt and Morocco has raised awareness of risks and rights under the law. Stronger networking and coordination has begun to link efforts by civil society groups, government officials and legal authorities to detect and stop trafficking, and has contributed to progress in drafting anti-trafficking laws.