These initiatives are contributing to breaking the once nearly universal silence on violence against women through programmes to broaden awareness, advocate for the implementation of laws grounded in human rights standards, promote access to services for survivors, and develop sustainable governmental capacities to address these abuses.
Investments of the UN Trust Fund are clearly yielding promising results towards ending violence against women and girls. While directly serving and benefiting thousands of women and girls, the UN Trust Fund grantees in 2011 have also strongly influenced other social actors to make fundamental changes that improve the lives of survivors of violence. The activities and programme models of the Fund's grantees are also increasingly being recognized globally as a best practice in addressing violence against women and girls.
In 2011, the UN Trust Fund completed its 15th grant-making cycle awarding USD 17.1 million to 22 initiatives in 34 countries, with an expected reach of more than 6 million women and girls between 2011 and 2014. Among these grants, five are in conflict and post-conflict settings, including the Fund's first grants to projects in Iraq and South Sudan.