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Violence Against Women Is A Wake-Up Call: WHO Report

WHO report on women.

A new World Health Organization (WHO) report on violence against women found that more than one third of all women from around the world are victims of physical or sexual violence.

However, the latest available data show that, in 2011, only 5.8 percent of total giving by the largest US foundations was reported as directly benefiting women and girls.

Aaron Dorfman, executive director of The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) released the following statement in response to the WHO report:

“Findings from a new World Health Organization (WHO) report released last week underscore the tremendous need for more philanthropic resources to address issues affecting women and girls, including physical and sexual violence. The security, health and well-being of women and girls are human rights and civil rights issues, and this is a classic case of how institutional philanthropy is not in step with the magnitude of the need for support.”

According to analysis of the data, the top largest foundations donated $1.4 billion to women and girls in 2011

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, Ford Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation are the top donors for women and girls causes.

The foundations that dedicated the highest percentage of their grants to women and girls issues in 2011 are NIKE Foundation, Women’s Project Foundation, The Weberg Trust, The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation and FISA Foundation.

NoVo Foundation, founded by Jennifer and Peter Buffett is a major supporter of efforts in fighting violence against women and girls. It provided substantial support to 1 Billion Rising, a campaign that has attracted millions of people worldwide in efforts to protect women.

The foundation’s Move to End Violence program strengthens the anti-violence movement in the US through leadership, building, and forging alliances. It also gives large grants to several advocacy groups, such as the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

The WHO encourages other philanthropists to consider how they can make a difference in the lives of billions of individuals by supporting causes that try to eliminate violence against girls and women and help victims of abuse.

The NCRP is a national watchdog group headquartered in Washington, D.C., which advocates for organizations that promote philanthropy.

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