HAWCA considered as one of the recipients of fund raised in UN Spouses Baz by UNIFEM

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UNIFEM Receives Funds from UN Spouses Committee to Protect Women and Girls in Afghanistan
 
Date: 3 June 2009

Antonie de Jong, UNIFEM's Outreach and Business Development Adviser, accepted more than US$11,000 on 2 June from the UN Spouses Committee to give to a safe house in Afghanistan that protects women and girls. Antonie de Jong, UNIFEM's Outreach and Business Development Adviser, accepted more than US$11,000 on 2 June from the UN Spouses Committee to give to a safe house in Afghanistan that protects women and girls.

On 2 June UNIFEM was among the three recipients to receive funds from the UN Spouses Bazaar for Women in Conflict Areas that raised more than US$34,000 in mid-May. UNIFEM received a third of the proceeds, which will go to a non-governmental organization that protects women and girls in Afghanistan.

“When we decided to hold this event, we looked to the best United Nations agencies and NGOs to identify worthy grassroots organizations working in conflict areas,” said Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, wife of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and patron of the bazaar led by a committee comprising spouses of the Permanent Missions to the UN.

UNIFEM received a total of US$11,333, which it will give to the Humanitarian Assistance for Women and Children of Afghanistan (HAWCA). HAWCA provides a safe house to women or girls who have been abused physically, psychological or mentally by family, community members, warlords or officials. HAWCA has implemented more than 35 projects since its inception in 1999.

UNICEF and Women for Women International also received part of the overall proceeds for projects that help women in conflict areas.

News taken from UNIFEM web page. Click here to see the original page.