UN Women Executive Director kicks off the UNiTE campaign to end gender-based violence during the UN Trust Fund to end Violence Against Women grantee Convention


4 November, Sarajevo—At the first ever grantee Convention of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), UN Women today kicked off its annual activities for the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to end Violence against Women campaign in support of the 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. The high-level meeting taking place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, from 4-7 November 2019, will bring together the voices of activists and experts who work on innovative solutions to end the pandemic of violence.

For the first time, all current UN Trust Fund grantees will come together with government partners and the private sector to reflect and strategize on how to move the needle on ending violence against women, using their continuous work and experience as the foundation. Violence against women and girls is one of the gravest violations of human rights that affects one in three women in their lifetime, regardless of their social status, class, race, country or age group. Close to 150 participants, from civil society organizations, government partners and the private sector, implementing around 100 projects around the world, will exchange their knowledge, experiences, challenges and learning/s on issues such as prevention, provision of multisectoral services for survivors, implementation of national laws, capacity of small women’s organizations, etc.