A woman and child in Gambia

Ndyandin Dawara from Gambia will not subject her daughter to female genital mutilation. She took this decision after training facilitated through a grant by the Trust Fund. Photo: UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women/Gemma Wood

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

As the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women marks its 20th anniversary, it remains the only global grant-making mechanism dedicated exclusively to addressing all forms of violence against women and girls. Managed by UN Women on behalf of the UN system, the UN Trust Fund to date has supported 426 initiatives in 136 countries and territories with grants totaling USD 116 million. In 2015, the Fund awarded USD 12.86 million through 33 grants covering 29 countries and territories, with bringing benefits to at least one million women, girls, men and boys.

Ndyandin Dawara made a momentous decision to break with long tradition in her community in Gambia. She would not subject her toddler daughter to female genital mutilation (FGM), a violation that can usher in a lifetime of debilitating health and other consequences. Dawara’s choice came after she attended training on ending the practice held by GAMCOTRAP, an advocacy group. It is just one of the organizations around the world making a difference in the lives of women and girls through support from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women.

The training showed Dawara how other women, coming from the same background, had decided to abandon FGM. That gave her strength. “We need to work to change people’s mindsets,” she says, stressing that all women and girls should live free from this harmful practice. Even her husband is now involved, intent on protecting his own daughter and all other girls in their community. He also attended the training, and speaks out in the community and to other men about the damage FGM causes.

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I will no longer subject my granddaughter to female genital mutilation... It is people who decide on cultural practices. People can agree on an issue and reach consensus to end any practices that are no longer beneficial to them.”

A beneficiary of GAMCOTRAP