gives $1 million to end violence against women
report source: UN Newservice, 10 August 2001
The United Nations Development Fund
for Women (UNIFEM) has announced that it will give $1 million in grants
this year for programmes to end violence against women in 21 countries.
The money will be allocated through
its Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women.
Some of the projects include revising
Thailand's penal code with relation to marital rape, forms of sexual violence
that are not considered sexual
intercourse, and child pornography;
producing a "soap opera" in Namibia to raise awareness about the impact
on families of violence against women;stemming the trafficking of women
and girls in Colombia; and establishing a network of community councils
to address domestic violence in Kyrgyzstan.
The fund received nearly 325 proposals
with requests of $17 million during
this grant-making cycle. "There
is an urgent need to increase global funding for programmes to end violence
against women," said UNIFEM's Executive Director, Noeleen Heyzer.
"At least one in three women worldwide is beaten, coerced into sex or abused
in her lifetime. This is unacceptable."
Grants range from $25,000 to $120,000
and will be used to support programmes that address issues such as domestic
violence, trafficking in women and girls, and rape.
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