6 episodes

When a woman experiences violence, who will most likely be her first point of contact?


In a world where violence against women and girls remains endemic, only 1 in 10 of the survivors approaches the police, and only 4 in 10 reach out for help. Those who do reach out are more likely to seek support from women they see as trustworthy and empowered, often survivors of violence themselves, who are working with small civil society and women’s rights organizations embedded in their communities and dedicated to ending violence against women and girls.

Listen now to “Small and Mighty!”, a podcast produced by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, focused on the crucial role played by small organizations working to end violence against women and girls, on their inspiring work to lead transformative change despite limited resources and major challenges, on their resourcefulness, flexibility and achievements for women and girls around the world.

Five episodes. Eighteen organizations. Decades of feminist-led work at community level.


The views expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers and do not necessarily represent the views of UN Women (managing the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women on behalf of the UN system), the United Nations or any of its affiliated organizations.

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When a woman experiences violence, who will most likely be her first point of contact?


In a world where violence against women and girls remains endemic, only 1 in 10 of the survivors approaches the police, and only 4 in 10 reach out for help. Those who do reach out are more likely to seek support from women they see as trustworthy and empowered, often survivors of violence themselves, who are working with small civil society and women’s rights organizations embedded in their communities and dedicated to ending violence against women and girls.

Listen now to “Small and Mighty!”, a podcast produced by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, focused on the crucial role played by small organizations working to end violence against women and girls, on their inspiring work to lead transformative change despite limited resources and major challenges, on their resourcefulness, flexibility and achievements for women and girls around the world.

Five episodes. Eighteen organizations. Decades of feminist-led work at community level.


The views expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers and do not necessarily represent the views of UN Women (managing the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women on behalf of the UN system), the United Nations or any of its affiliated organizations.

    "Small and Mighty!" - Trailer

    "Small and Mighty!" - Trailer

    Small women’s rights organizations run by and for women, many are also survivors of violence, are meeting the needs of particularly marginalized women at risk of violence.
    But who is meeting the needs of these small organizations?

    Embark on a journey to learn about their inspiring work to lead transformative change for women and girl survivors and those at risk of violence, despite limited resources and emerging challenges.

    Hear stories of change, resilience, resourcefulness and determination to make the world a safer, better place for all.

    • 2 min
    #1 An insider to grassroots organizations

    #1 An insider to grassroots organizations

    Have you ever wondered what it is like inside a small women’s rights organization with a specific focus on ending violence against women and girls? Who are they? How do they work? What does a typical day look like?

    From running safe shelters, to providing legal aid or counseling, to leading powerful advocacy campaigns to change policies and laws to protect women’s rights, small civil society and women’s rights organizations are a critical lifeline to women and girl survivors or at risk of violence.

    Embark with us on an insider’s journey and hear from UN Trust Fund small grantee organizations working to improve the lives of women and girls around the world, learn about their flexibility and resourcefulness and discover how they achieve their goals.

    • 34 min
    #2 Limited resources, transformative impact

    #2 Limited resources, transformative impact

    Myth: small grassroots organizations have a limited impact.
    Reality: despite scarce resources, small grassroots organizations lead transformative change in the lives of many women and girls.

    Navigating the funding ecosystem can be a daunting task for small and very small organizations. But that does not stop them from changing lives. Tune in to hear from UN Trust Fund grantee organizations sharing detailed stories of how they achieve positive change with limited resources, whether it is human resources or funding.

    Discover how they adapt, leverage their capacities, and work together to support all women and girls.

    • 34 min
    #3 "Nothing about us without us"

    #3 "Nothing about us without us"

    Small organizations are commonly initially founded to support underserved, marginalized communities, often by people having experienced the same discrimination, stigma and inequality.

    In this episode, founders of these small organizations will share their stories about how they were once service seekers and now have become service providers for women and girls. What changes have they made to ensure competent, non-judgmental services for survivors? How do they serve the hardest-to-reach communities?

    Tune in!

    • 32 min
    #4 Violence against women and girls in crisis settings

    #4 Violence against women and girls in crisis settings

    Did you know that 70% of women experience gender-based violence in crisis settings, compared with 35% of women worldwide?

    What does prevention of violence look like in the context of conflict and emergency? How do small women’s rights organizations react and adapt to emerging threats and aggravating factors of violence? How do they keep responding to women and girls’ needs, despite dire circumstances and limited resources?

    Find out in this episode!

    • 25 min
    #5 "Put your own oxygen mask on first, before you help others"

    #5 "Put your own oxygen mask on first, before you help others"

    Small civil society and women’s rights organizations are uniquely positioned to prevent and address all forms of violence against women and girls, including those in hardest-to-reach and particularly marginalized communities. Their specific expertise, their resourcefulness and link to the communities are driving factors of transformative change.

    But how do they take care of themselves and of each other? How do they manage the stress of working in the field of violence against women and girls? How can donors better support them?

    In this final episode, they will tell us how!

    • 30 min

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