Established by the UN General Assembly resolution 50/166 in 1996, the UN Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) is managed by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) on behalf of the UN system. The UN Trust Fund is the only multilateral grant-making mechanism exclusively devoted to supporting local and national efforts to end violence against women and girls.
In order to address the serious gaps in the realization of national and international commitments and recommendations to end violence against women and girls, UN Trust Fund grant-making focuses on supporting the implementation of national and local laws, policies and action plans.
The UN Trust Fund promotes initiatives based on the following approaches:
- Human rights-based and gender-responsive approaches that place paramount priority on promoting, protecting and fulfilling the human rights of women and girls, as well as strengthening institutional capacities at local and national levels to eliminate all forms of violence against women. This includes addressing inequitable gender norms and power disparities as the root cause of violence against women and girls, and as a violation of human rights and an impediment to development.
- Holistic and multi-sectoral responses that address women’s inter-related rights and needs in terms of prevention and response to violence against women and girls, including safety and protection, access to health, legal, property and inheritance rights, and economic security and rights.
- Focus on priority groups living in poverty and otherwise especially excluded or disadvantaged, ensuring responsiveness to diversity by tailoring interventions to particular population groups.
- Coordination and partnership-building, including among government entities, civil society organizations, especially women’s groups, and networks.
- Commitment to sharing knowledge, by documenting, evaluating and disseminating results.
- Evidence-based programming, building on lessons learned and recommended practices, to ensure optimal results and use of resources.
Applicants are expected to submit proposals online in the form of a brief Concept Note. The deadline for submission of the Concept Note is 20 January 2011, 11:59pm New York Time.
Concept Notes can be submitted in the following languages only: English, French and Spanish.
All applications must be submitted online. The UN Trust Fund will not accept applications submitted via e-mail, regular post and/or facsimile.
The online application will be available from 3 January 2011 until 20 January 2011 at this link.