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During her meeting with Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), High Representative Federica Mogherini announced €82 million in funding for UNRWA. The money was made available in a sped-up procedure and will provide access to education for 500,000 children, primary health care for more than 3.5 million patients and assistance to over 250,000 vulnerable refugees. "Preserving UNRWA is not just a matter of humanity. It is also our strategic interest. The situation in the Middle East is extremely volatile and we can't afford even greater destabilisation", High Representative Mogherini said in her speech at the Ministerial Conference on UNRWA.
Female Genital Mutilation, or FGM, horrifically violates the human rights, dignity and physical integrity of girls and women. In a Joint Statement on the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, EU leaders condemn the ongoing practice of FGM in Europe and around the world, and outline the EU's ongoing actions and commitment to eradicate the practice.
July 26, 2016… A day to remember by some of the residents of Visiga ward in Kibaha town council. The once marginalized 175 youth in the area before September 2015, shed off that ‘label’ after graduating in various technical courses. Among them, 34-year-old Tatu Kondo Mshindo - deaf, and orphaned at a young age - who graduated in electrical installation.
She is one of the young women who dares to go against all odds when it comes to pursuing a dream. She harboured a dream, but along the way, at 16, she got pregnant, and dropped out of school, and many thought it was all over, and she also believed so herself at one point. Her name is Irene Erasto, now 22. Hers was a story that was difficult to tell... how without an income she had to feed and care for her young child.