On 25 April, FWF was pleased to participate in an Amsterdam celebration of the 20th anniversary of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. Since its founding, the Trust Fund has funded 426 initiatives in 136 countries and territories, including the first phase of FWF’s groundbreaking pilot work on preventing violence against women in apparel factories.
The Trust Fund’s support enabled FWF and its partners in India and Bangladesh to document the disturbingly high levels of violence against women in the garment industry, and to start developing strategies to prevent and remediate workplace violence. With the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, FWF is continuing to refine these violence prevention strategies, and in the coming years will work on ways to scale up these efforts and make them self-sustaining.
The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, managed by UN Women, has proclaimed every 25th of the month as “Orange Day” – a day to take action to raise awareness and prevent violence against women and girls. During 2016, each month’s events will highlight specific Sustainable Development Goals as they relate to violence against women and girls.