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Date: 6 October 2010
On-the-ground innovative efforts to be supported in 18 countries by the multilateral Fund
United Nations, New York - The United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) today announced US$10 million in grants to 13 initiatives in 18 countries. The grants complete the UN Trust Fund's 14th grant-making cycle of 2009, delivering a total of US$20.5 million for 26 projects in 33 countries and territories.
Kampala - The Acholi Principles on Gender and Sexual Relations - a set of cultural norms that have been compiled through consultations with chiefs, traditional leaders, opinion-makers and the general Acholi population - were launched at a ceremony in Acholiland in Northern Uganda on 15 March. UNIFEM supported the development of the principles through a joint programme on ending gender-based violence.
The UNIFEM-managed Fund for Gender Equality announced in January 2010 its initial allocation of more than US$9 million to 27 initiatives in 26 countries. The grants fall into the Fund's Catalytic Grant category - one of two types of grants aimed to accelerate the efforts of initiatives on the ground.
The Fund received 1,240 applications, out of which 543 were for the Catalytic Category. A technical committee of regional experts selected 27 proposals for grants ranging from US$100,000 to US$500,000.
Gender Equality Efforts by Civil Society and Governments in 26 Countries to Be Supported
New York - The new UNIFEM-managed Fund for Gender Equality announced its initial allocation of more than US$9 million to 27 initiatives in 26 countries today. The recently-established Fund, a US$68 million multilateral initiative, is designed to advance innovative programmes which focus on women's economic and political empowerment at local and national levels.
In a public expression of political will, Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament Hon. Edward Ssekandi signed on today to UNIFEM's Say No - Unite to End Violence against Women initiative.
Members of parliament, the Vice President of the Pan African Parliament, as well as representatives of the East African Legislative Assembly and civil society organizations attended the ceremony, organized by the Uganda Women's Parliamentary Association in collaboration with Uganda's Women's Network and CARE.
The United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) is a leading multilateral grant-making mechanism exclusively devoted to supporting national and local efforts to end violence against women and girls. Established in 1996 by a UN General Assembly Resolution1, the UN Trust Fund is administered by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) on behalf of the UN system.
United Nations, New York - "If sexual violence is not fully addressed in ceasefires and peace processes, there will be no peace for women," said former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland at a United Nations high-level meeting on peace negotiations that convened this week in New York.
Egeland, along with eminent mediators, experts and women's rights advocates, came together from 22-24 June to address, for the first time, one of the most neglected aspects of conflict resolution: how to address conflict-related sexual violence in peace …
Inés Alberdi, Executive Director, UNIFEM
Occasion: International Colloquium on Women's Empowerment, Leadership, Security, Monrovia, Liberia, 7 March 2009
I am honored to be here today, together with so many champions of women's rights in conflict. I know you will all have good ideas about how to accelerate the implementation of Security Council resolutions 1325 and 1820. My remarks today will therefore be brief. Specifically:
We need greater accountability for implementing resolutions 1325 and 1820.
Goma - 'Rape as a weapon of war has become a defining characteristic of the armed conflicts in the Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of Congo in particular,' said Ambassador Liberata Mulamula at the opening of a high level consultation on Eradicating Sexual Violence and Ending Impunity in the Great Lakes region in Goma, DRC.
The signing of an Agreement on Comprehensive Solutions to the Causes of War by the Government of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) on 2 May 2007 in Juba, Sudan, has been hailed as the first step towards a final peace agreement to end more than 20 years of conflict in the nation's North.
United Kingdom Grants US$6.5 Million for Work in Six Conflict-Affected Countries
United Nations, New York - The United Nations Development Fund for Women, UNIFEM, is to embark on a two-year initiative to support women in their communities in building peace and preventing sexual violence during and after conflicts. The programme, "Supporting Women's Engagement in Peacebuilding and Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict: Community-Led Approaches," will be launched during an inception workshop in Lira, Uganda, from 16 to 20 April.
Nairobi, 1 November 2006 - UNIFEM's interventions on women's rights and gender equality in Somalia and Uganda received a major boost this week with financial assistance from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Government of Norway. Key to women's rights protection and participation is leveraging the voice of women as change agents with influence on policy and peace efforts.
It was a momentous day in Kampala, Uganda, last Friday when UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador Hon. Phoebe Asiyo handed the UNIFEM Peace Torch to Speaker of Parliament Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi and Deputy Speaker Hon. Rebecca Kadaga.
"Next time we visit Uganda, Mr. Speaker, we want to be talking about the implementation of the peace agreement that the women would have participated in its crafting," said Ambassador Asiyo.
Kampala - UNIFEM's presence in the East and Horn of Africa region has been strengthened with the addition of a new office in Uganda. It was officially opened in February 2006, during a meeting of national partners from government institutions, civil society, academia, the UN system and donor partners.
The Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture 2004
Uppsala, Sweden, 22 September 2004