Delegation of the European Union to Eswatini

EU provides grants to community-based human rights organizations

28/06/2018 - 11:39
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On 26 June 2018, the European Union provided different grants as seed funding to a total of 14 community-based organisations (CBOs) from around the Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland) to empower target communities to promote and defend human rights issues pertaining to women and children as well as to combat violence and discrimination of all forms.

This project is funded under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) and is managed overall by the SOS Children's Village.

Handing the grants to the CBOs at Happy Valley hotel at Ezulwini, EU Ambassador to Eswatini, Esmeralda Hernandez Aragones, said one of the development objectives of the EU in Eswatini was to contribute to inclusive and sustainable economic growth for poverty reduction, hence this project.

Ambassador Aragones said poverty was one of the main contributing factors to human rights abuses in communities and often times women and children fall victim to these different forms of abuses.

"Advancing the standard of living for women and children requires confronting the challenges of poverty which deprive many people of their right to decent living and economic empowerment. It is for this reason that the EU is proud to have partnered with SOS to provide a platform for social entrepreneurship for women in many of the communities where this project is being implemented," said the Ambassador.

Speaking on the same occasion, the Deputy Prime Minister (DPM), speaking through a representative, paid tribute to the EU for its continued partnership with the Kingdom of Eswatini and said the support of this project will go a long way in uplifting the standard of living for the target communities.

The event was spiced with a human rights play by a drama team from one of the target communities.

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