UN Release $25 Million For Organizations Fighting Gender-Based Violence

The funds have been distributed to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Women

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UNITED STATES. New York: Mark Lowcock, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, has released $25 million from the UN’s emergency fund. The funds were released to extend support to women-led organizations that prevent and respond to gender-based violence. The announcement was made on Nov. 25.

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United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Women are the beneficiaries. They have been asked to channel 30 percent of the funds to women-led organizations working towards preventing violence against girls and women.

In a statement, Lowcock said, “The COVID-19 pandemic helped reveal the full extent of gender inequality while creating a set of circumstances that threaten to reverse the limited progress that has been made. The needs of women and girls in humanitarian settings continue to be overlooked and underfunded. It’s a smart investment and it’s the right thing to do. We can only successfully find a way out of this pandemic if we bring everyone with us.”

The United Nations’ emergency fund

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The financing came from the United Nations’ Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). CERF is a fund that offers powerful approaches to help individuals influenced by the emergency. Since 2005, the fund has provided around $7 billion for humanitarian works. This has helped many individuals over the globe. In the interim, UNFPA will get $17 million and the leftover $8 million will go to UN Women.

The announcement came at the start of “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence”. This is an international campaign that aims to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign starts on 25 November and ends on 10 December.

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The Executive Director of the UN Population Fund, Dr. Natalia Kanem said, “It’s time to say ‘Enough’ to gender-based violence and to prioritize the rights and needs of women and girls. This grant will bring transformative change to women and girls, including the women-led organizations we work with on the ground. In 2019, nearly 40% of UNFPA’s humanitarian funding went to national and local partners. We look forward to making an even bigger impact together with life-saving interventions to prevent and respond to gender-based violence and advance sexual and reproductive health.”

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