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Fund For Gender Equality Fact Sheet: Conflict & Post Conflict Contexts


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Learn about the impact of UN Women's Fund For Gender Equality grantees in conflict & post conflict contexts.

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Fund For Gender Equality Fact Sheet: Conflict & Post Conflict Contexts

  1. 1. FACT SHEET:SUPPORTING WOMEN IN CONFLICT AND POST-CONFLICT CONTEXTS Here are a few ways in which the FUND FOR GENDER EQUALITY addresses theIN issue of women in conflict and post-conflict situations: MODERN WAR, civilians make up the vast majority of casualties — and wom- P IN COLOMBIA, decades of warfare have resulted in the displacement and povertyen and girls are disproportionately affected by of nearly 3 million people, many of them women and girls from rural, indigenous, andthe violence and instability that conflict brings. Afro-Colombian communities. The Fund’s grantee is supporting the mobilization of a cadre of 180 women advocates for the inclusion of women’s perspectives in the fightEven in non-conflict settings, women around against unequal land distribution. They are monitoring the implementation of publicthe world face inequitable laws, a lack of ac- programmes and engaging with the government to ensure greater protections forcountability and weak institutions that do not and accountability to displaced people.adequately protect their rights. Armed conflictand its aftermath compounds these problems, P IN LIBERIA, the country is still recovering after 14 years of civil war that not onlyand confronts women with circumstances that caused casualties, but disrupted the nation’s infrastructure. Notably, for women, thiscan impact their ability to access education, resulted in the destruction of the country’s markets — a cornerstone of the nationalbecome financially independent or participate economy. The Fund is helping rural and market women in Liberia reclaim theirin governance and peace building processes. livelihoods, gain access to credit, sell their goods, access business skills training, literacy classes, and early childhood education and care for their children.Yet despite such conditions, women’s strengthand courage are clear. They strive to provide P IN AFGHANISTAN, despite certain legal protections under Sharia, women mustfor and protect their families; they speak out fight to reclaim their economic rights. As the nation transitions from post-conflictagainst injustice; they work for peace and for recovery to development, the Fund’s grantees are supporting women in assertingthe betterment of their communities. their rights to inherit and own property, helping them gain an economic foothold in 10 provinces.UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equalitysupports their efforts. P IN LEBANON, Palestinian refugee women who have seen generations of theirThe Fund helps women from all corners of the families struggle in refugee camps are pushing back against gender discrimination.developing world including in conflict-affected With the Fund’s help, they are documenting and prosecuting human rights violationsand post-conflict countries by underwriting against women and girls. The Fund’s grantee is supporting the call for women’s lead-innovative, effective programmes at local and ership, collaborating with women to develop the skill and tools necessary to gainnational levels to fight inequality, help women access — for the first time — to powerful Popular Committees.advocate for their rights and better their lives. UN Women launched The Fund in 2009 to fast-track commitments to genderWith USD 69 million, the Fund is one of the equality focused on women’s economic and political empowerment at local,largest in the world dedicated to advancing the national and regional levels. The assessment of grants is conducted, per mandate,rights and improving the lives of women and by an independent Technical Committee of experts based in the regions of the worldgirls. (For additional information please visit where grants are awarded. In the two short years of the Fund’s existence and withthe Fund’s website: http:/ / the generous contributions of $65 million from Spain, $3.5 million from Norway, andhow-we-work/fund-for-gender-equality/). continued on back
  2. 2. $800,000 from Mexico, it has underwritten40 gender equality grant programmes in 35countries.The Fund approaches grantmaking holisti-cally. In addition to providing funding, itemploys regional specialists in every area ofthe world to provide capacity developmentto individual projects and supports grant-ees in sharing best practices across diverseregions and cultures. The Fund also priori-tizes the systematization of results. It offersgrantees ongoing technical assistance onresults-based management processes and isdedicated to supporting impact orientedgrants that are achieving tangible resultsin the lives of women and girls.The Fund has made important headway,but the work is far from done. That is whysupport for the Fund is so critical — nowand in the future. UN Women invites gov-ernments, the private sector, and individualsto contribute to UN Women’s Fund for Gen-der Equality grantmaking efforts. To donateto the FGE please visit: credits UN Photo/Eskinder, Debebe.Published 10/2011