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Somalia, 20 February 2017: Japan donation to support UNICEF’s crucial protection work for vulnerable women and children

MOGADISHU, Somalia, 20 February 2017 – The Government of Japan has provided new funding to support UNICEF’s protection work for vulnerable women and children in Somalia. The US$ 1.3 million grant will be used to support survivors of gender-based violence (GBV), unaccompanied and separated children, and children affected by armed conflict.

In 2016, thanks to another grant from Japan of US$ 5million, UNICEF – through its 13 partners and a community-based network – was able to reach 100,000 women and children with vital protection services. This included more than 11,000 GBV survivors, the majority of them women and girls; 1,096 unaccompanied and separated children; and 790 youth, 60 per cent girls, formerly associated with armed groups and/or at risk of being recruited.

The new grant will enable UNICEF to continue strengthening and expanding its protection work for these vulnerable groups. An estimated 33,265 women, children and youth across Somalia will benefit from this generous funding over the next 12 months. UNICEF’s partners will provide psychosocial and clinical services for women and girls affected by GBV; reunification and interim care services for unaccompanied and separated children; and vocational and literacy training for former child soldiers.

“In a country that offers very little protection for its citizens, this funding will go a long way in helping UNICEF respond to the needs of women and children affected by conflict and violence, through providing vital services for GBV survivors, helping children to reunite with their families and ensuring former child soldiers are given the tools to move forward with their lives,” said UNICEF Somalia Representative Steven Lauwerier. “Japan has been and continues to be an important contributor to providing this protection. We are extremely grateful for their trust, and will make sure that the new funds are well spent.”

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About UNICEF
UNICEF has been working in Somalia since 1972 when its first office opened in Mogadishu. Today UNICEF has more than 300 UNICEF staff working in Mogadishu, Baidoa, Garowe, Hargeisa and Nairobi. Together with 200 international and national NGOs and community-based organizations, UNICEF delivers services in Health, Nutrition, WASH, Education and Child Protection, and responds to emergencies and supports peacebuilding and development.

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For further information please contact:
Susannah Price, UNICEF Somalia Tel: + 254-722719867, sprice@unicef.org

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