Giving Compass' Take:

• Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights the movement to end femicide and violence against women in Latin American, where activists are uniting under the rallying cry “Ni Una Menos."

• How can funders effectively support grassroots movements like this one? How can donors offer support beyond financial contributions? 

• Learn about supporting successful social movements

In what has now become an alliance through Latin America to end the brutal sexual violence and murder of women and girls, the rallying cry of “Ni Una Menos”, or ‘not one less’ has galvanized a call for urgent action at all levels, from government policy-makers to individual change-makers. The movement started in Argentina in 2015, as women took to the streets to protest against femicide -the killing of a woman because of her gender.

Globally, an estimated 66,000 women and girls are killed annually. These deaths often result from the escalation of domestic and intimate partner violence – national studies in South Africa and Brazil have estimated that every six hours, a woman is killed by her intimate partner.

The European Union and the United Nations are combining forces to channel funds and services to where they are needed most to eliminate all forms of violence against women. The EU has committed 500 million euros to the joint Spotlight Initiative with the UN continue to work with the National Citizen Observatory on Femicide – a coalition of 49 human rights organizations across Mexico to prevent and eliminate femicide.

Read the full article about ending femicide by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at UN Women.