Support to "Empowerment of women and adolescents in social risks in Central America - protection from sexual exploitation and promotion of human rights" in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala
June 2, 2005
- On June 2, 2005 (Thursday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance of a total of 1,541,925 US dollars (approximately 169.61 million yen) through the Trust Fund for Human Security for the project "Empowerment of women and adolescents in social risks in Central America - protection from sexual exploitation and promotion of human rights" to be implemented in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).
- This project is to protect the most vulnerable groups of women and adolescents who are facing sexual exploitation in Central America, and to empower them by reducing poverty through education and professional training for their social rehabilitation. The project focuses on 1) economical and social empowerment, 2) protection from sexual exploitation and violence, 3) improvement of health conditions of women and adolescents especially in HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infectious diseases. This multi-dimensional approach provides health care support both mentally and physically, business and vocational training, educational campaign and awareness raising for women in the applicable communities.
- The project is expected to reduce the risk of women to become victims of sexual exploitation in above three countries as well as to enhance gender equity, women's human rights and poverty reduction through empowerment at the local grass-roots level.
The Trust Fund for Human Security was established in the United Nations Secretariat in March 1999 by the initiative of the Government of Japan, with total contributions of approximately 29 billion yen (approximately US$ 256 million) up to the present. The Trust Fund has assisted many UN agencies' projects and programmes that address various threats to human life, livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of human security.
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