this includes physical abuse and sexual assault through to rape. These are all forms of violence against women. However, women outside of forced marriages are also victims of violence – and much more: from genital mutilation to forced abortions to trafficking in women, which occurs in every country in the world. Violence against women and girls always has far-reaching consequences: it not only harms the women themselves, but also their families and the whole of society.

Violence against women is a global problem which can only be solved with global efforts. That's why on 15 March 2013 the 57th UN Commission on the Status of Women adopted a declaration on the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. This declaration was supported by more than 130 nations. The declaration obligates the nations to protect the rights of women and girls and condemns all forms of violence: from domestic violence, rape and forced marriage to trafficking in women, compulsory abortion and genital mutilation and up to sexual violence in wars and conflicts.

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, established by the UN General Assembly in 1996 and for which UN Women is responsible, supports local organisations in their efforts to protect women against violence, to explain their rights to them and to improve the education and economic situation of women so that they can break the vicious circle of dependency and violence.
At last count, in 2011/12 the UN trust fund distributed US$ 8.2 million worth of grants to 12 initiatives in 18 countries. However, this has allowed just 1% of requests to be supported.