Marking International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
25 NOVEMBER 2020

The United Nations calls violence against women and girls a “Shadow Pandemic,” arising from the conditions created by the COVID-19 health crisis that have exacerbated existing issues, particularly in the area of domestic violence.

On this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, November 25, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) acknowledges the critical work being done by grantee partners on this front, both in response to the current crisis and in the long-term effort against one of the world’s most widespread human rights violations. These organizations are working to provide tailored services a diversity of populations.

In Italy, an important component of a grant to the Italian Red Cross made as part of the Foundation’s global COVID-19 relief initiative is the provision of psychological support for survivors of abuse.

In India, SNF has provided support to Prajwala in running a rehabilitation home for sex trafficking survivors in Hyderabad.

In the United States, in New York City, a grant to New Destiny’s Family Support Program helps provide case management and counseling referrals for survivors of domestic violence and their children who had previously experienced homelessness. A new grant to Sakhi supports the organization in providing an array of culturally and linguistically specific services, from food justice to housing assistance, to survivors of gender-based violence in New York City’s South Asian Community.

In a much more rural context in Virginia, a grant helps the Laurel Center empower survivors of domestic and sexual violence by providing emergency housing and support services.