Sofia, 19 September 2018 - Dr. Jane Muita, UNICEF Representative in Bulgaria, in the company of Mrs. Stankova, Deputy Chairperson of the State agency for Refugees took part in the awarding ceremony for participants in the training sessions conducted within the framework of the UNICEF supported project “Action Against Gender-based Violence Affecting Refugee and Migrant Women and Children”.
"We are delighted that these trainings have served as a good starting point in enhancing knowledge and skills of frontline workers on Gender-Based-Violence. Refugee and migrant children, including unaccompanied children, are especially vulnerable to violence and exploitation at the hands of smugglers and traffickers. We are aware that addressing their specific vulnerabilities involves coping with a complexity of challenges. Therefore, addressing these challenges in a sustainable and long-term way, requires cooperation and coordination among all relevant institutions and organizations. UNICEF will continue to work with the State agency for Refugees and other partners to support initiatives for ensuring sustainability and building upon the results achieved so far."- said Dr. Muita.
She congratulated the participants on the successful completion of the training and expressed her gratitude for the active contribution of all colleagues and partners who have recognized the importance of the project activities and the training sessions.
The UNICEF Representative conveyed her sincere appreciation for the efforts of the State Agency for Refugees and the Alliance for Protection from Gender-based Violence for their regular feedback and suggestions in shaping and planning the capacity enhancing activities.
In the period, September 2017 – August 2018, UNICEF Bulgaria, jointly with the UNICEF Country Offices in Serbia and Greece, implemented several activities related to the international project which was funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration. The project was directed towards strengthening the system for protection from gender-based violence (GBV) at an interinstitutional level in accordance with the international standards and good practices. A total of 7 practically oriented training sessions were conducted for 75 frontline workers from the State Agency for Refugees, Migration Directorate at the Ministry of the Interior, Agency for Social Assistance, Regional Police Departments, relevant NGOs, service providers, psychologists, prosecutors, and lawyers providing legal aid.
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