Back to the landing page (1)UN Women, 2019, Progress of the World’s Women 2019-2020 – Families in a Changing World

(2)Report of the Secretary General. Special edition: Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. 8 May 2019 (E/2019/68). Available here: here

(3)WHO, Global and Regional Estimates of Violence against Women: Prevalence and Health Effects of Intimate Partner Violence and Non-Partner Sexual Violence (Geneva, 2013).

(4)G. Wood and S. Majumdar, 2020, COVID-19 and the impact on civil society organizations working to end violence against women and girls: through the lens of CSOs funded by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women – six months after the global pandemic was declared, New York: UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, September 2020.
In this fourth round of the Womanity Award we want to find innovative programmes to prevent domestic violence against women and girls.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent and systemic human rights violations in the world. Women and girls are subject to different forms of violence from family members across their lives, with widespread experiences of abuse during childhood, adolescence and adulthood (1) . It includes violence perpetrated by a family member, a carer and a current or former intimate partner. There are many manifestations of domestic violence including: physical, sexual, psychological, emotional and economic abuse and controlling behaviours.

Almost 18 per cent of women and girls aged 15 to 49 who have ever been in a relationship have experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner in the previous 12 months (2) . That figure rises to 30 per cent when considering violence by a partner experienced during women’s lifetime (3).

The outbreak of the Covid-19 crisis put a magnifying glass on what was already a pandemic. It exacerbated some of the key drivers to domestic violence, such as economic insecurity and physical mobility restrictions due to lockdown. The result was a significant increase of violence against women and girls around the world (4) which is, simply put, a pandemic within a pandemic.

We encourage applications from organisations who have created innovative programmes to prevent VAWG that could be adapted in contexts and communities greatly affected by the pandemic (but please note that this is not an eligibility criteria).


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