UN Released 25 Million Dollar funds for Women-Led Organizations

The United Nations (UN) have released 25 million dollars fund from the United Nations’ Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) that will aid the women-led organisations working to fight against the gender-based violence.

Highlights

  • The funds were released by the UN Humanitarian Chief Mark Lowcock.
  • Out of the funds, 17 million dollars have been allocated to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and 8million dollars have been given to UN Women.
  • Both the organization, UNFPA and UN Women, have been asked to pledge  30 percent of the funds to women-led organisations fighting against the gender-based violence.
  • The UN came up with this announcement during an annual international campaign named ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence

This campaign started on November 25, 2020. On this date, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is observed. The campaign would end on December 10. On this date, the Human Rights Day is observed.

Purpose of the funds

These funds are specifically allocated for the projects run by women focusing on the preventing violence against women and girls. The funds will also be utilized for helping the victims and survivors by providing the medical care, family planning, safe spaces,  legal advice, mental health services and counselling.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The International Day for Elimination of violence against women is observed by the United Nations on November 25 every year. The day is observed to raise awareness regarding the fact that how the women across the world are vulnerable to domestic violence, rape and other forms of violence. The theme of the day for this year (2020) is: “Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect”.