Mahendi Impact

“Living a life free from violence is a basic human right.”

-Aldijana Sisic, Chief, UN Trust Fund to EVAW


MAHENDI Founders, Tera Herman & Heather Ditillo, in attendance

at the First UN Trust Fund Grantee Convention | Bosnia & Herzegovina

MAHENDI is ...


A universal symbol of protection connecting kindred spirits who believe everyone deserves to live a life free from violence. Our unique symbol is at the heart of every product we create and represents our commitment to protecting lives. By wearing our symbol you're able to share our story, your story and the story of women around the globe. Whether you're a survivor or you know someone who is, you can make a difference in the lives of women and girls, simply by choosing to purchase a MAHENDI product.

Why we care... 

Violence against women and girls was a pandemic long before COVID-19


  • COVID-19 has resulted in alarmingly high rates of violence against women and girls, while impeding the ability of many organizations – particularly small women’s organizations – to continue their essential work.
  • 1 out of 3 women experience physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime
  • Only $8 of every $100 raised for human rights, goes to efforts to end violence against women and girls.  

How we help...

The UN Trust Fund is the only global grant-making mechanism that is dedicated exclusively to addressing all forms of violence against women and girls. The Fund is managed by UN Women on behalf of the UN System. The funds raised support initiatives by grantees that have a tangible and sustainable impact.

In 2019, it managed 137 projects aimed at preventing and addressing violence against women and girls in 70 countries and territories.

Why it matters ...


Gabriella Wright, actor/UN Ambassador (wearing her MAHENDI bracelets and necklace in photo), delivers the testimony of a survivor of violence served by UNTF Grantee, Leonard Cheshire Disability Zimbabwe.