THE Government of Japan has contributed approximately US$ 2.2 million to UNICEF to assist women and children’s protection throughout Myanmar, it has been learned.
Using the contribution, UNICEF, in partnership with the Union government, will work to both prevent and respond to cases of gender based violence, as well as contribute to the on-going development and capacity building of key government departments and civil society groups, namely through the provision of quality social work.
“The prevention of violence against children based on gender is challenging Myanmar dramatically”. The training and capacity building for social workers will help tackle this challenge. I also believe these measures will benefit the whole of society long after the completion of the programme.” said Tateshi Higuchi, Ambassador of Japan to Myanmar.
Activities to be undertaken through this partnership will also enhance the capacity of law enforcement and justice systems to provide child friendly and gender sensitive approaches when working with children in contact with the law.
The contributions from Japan will also reportedly reach out to the most vulnerable adolescent girls and boys in conflict areas to promote their life-skills and their capacity to address the risks they face on a daily basis.
“Important efforts are made by the Government and civil society to respond to violence against women and children. However, there are important gaps that require urgent technical and financial assistance. This contribution will help bridge those gaps, transforming the lives of thousands of children, and empowering girls so that they can better protect themselves from increased risks, including in conflict-affected areas.” said Bertrand Bainvel, UNICEF Representative to Myanmar.