16 February 2007
Amir Dossal and Kimberly Gamble-Payne joined UNIFEM Executive Director Noeleen Heyzer and other UN officials, including the newly appointed Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. Established by the UN General Assembly and managed by UNIFEM, the Trust Fund has given grants amounting to some $ 13 million to 226 initiatives in 100 countries.
Globally, there has been growing recognition that violence against women is a pervasive violation of women's human rights. "Ten years of innovation, experience and activism have shown that ending violence against women is possible. It is a problem that has a solution", Heyzer stated.
Trust Fund grants address the multiple forms of violence against women, including domestic violence, rape, female genitale mutilation, trafficking and violence during conflict. Grantees have worked to prevent human trafficking in the Ukraine, put a spotlight on so-called honour killings of Palestinian women and supported female ex-combatant in Rwanda in learning ways to manage trauma. In addition, Grantees have helped pass and implement strong new laws, provide critical prevention and protection services, ensure women have full access to legal and health care systems, and put violence-related issues on public agendas for discussion and action.