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Somalia, 13 April 2016: Japan funding to support 100,000 vulnerable women, children and youth

NAIROBI, 13 April 2016 – As reports of rape and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV) continue to rise in Somalia, thousands of survivors are set to benefit from Japanese-funded services.

Part of the US$5 million funding from the Government of Japan will be used by UNICEF to provide life-saving interventions and prevention services, including medical, psychosocial and legal aid and safe houses for those affected by GBV. In 2015 UNICEF provided such assistance to nearly 10,000 GBV survivors. Many survivors are internally displaced, living in flimsy structures in camps who are at risk of being attacked when they go out to look for firewood.

UNICEF will train 200 personnel, including nurses, GBV caseworkers and police officers on child protection investigation and child-friendly procedures, and set up women and children units at police stations.

The funds will also enable UNICEF to address the needs of another vulnerable group – unaccompanied and separated children. Since the start of 2015, more than 4,000 children have been identified, but less than half are being supported with services such as family tracing, interim care and reunification. The funds will be used to provide essential services to 750 children, and train 50 community leaders and teachers to respond to and prevent family separation.

The displaced, returnees and the host community youth will also benefit from the contribution. Quality, relevant vocational skills training will be provided to more than 1,500 youth through UNICEF-supported youth centres. Those who successfully complete the training will be given start-up kits and seed money.

“The new funding will not only enable UNICEF to provide immediate assistance to vulnerable women, children and youth, it will also help us build the capacity of the frontline workers and empower communities themselves to prevent and respond to crimes such as GBV,” said UNICEF Somalia Representative, Steven Lauwerier. “We sincerely thank the people and the Government of Japan for this generous contribution, which has the potential to change the lives of tens of thousands of Somalis.”

The Government of Japan has been a longtime supporter of UNICEF’s work in Somalia. In 2015, it contributed US$12.35 million in the areas of Health, Nutrition, WASH, Cash Transfer and Child Protection, reaching nearly half a million children and adults.

About UNICEF Somalia
UNICEF has been working in Somalia since 1972 and today has over 300 staff working in Mogadishu, Baidoa, Garowe and Hargeisa. Together with 200 international and national NGOs and community-based organizations, UNICEF delivers services in Health, Nutrition, WASH, Education and Child Protection, responds to emergencies and supports peacebuilding and development.

For more information, please contact:
Susannah Price, UNICEF Somalia:
Tel: +254 20 7628417 Mobile: +254 722 719867



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