The EU and UN visit development projects in the North

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By 2017-02-17

The Women's and Children's Desk (WCD), at Kanagarayankulam Police Station, Vavuniya was jointly inaugurated yesterday by the Ambassador of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Tung-Laï Margue, the United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC) Ms. Una McCauley and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Representative, Tim Sutton. The Deputy Inspector General of Police and the Government Agent for Vavuniya participated in the event. The WCD, which has been funded as part of the European Union-Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP) and implemented by UNICEF, will benefit close to 5,000 people in the Kanagarayankulam area. Specifically, the building of a WCD, which is a safe and private space for women and children who are victims of abuse and violence to confidentially report their cases to authorities, forms a key element of UNICEF's child protection programme in the region by ensuring that vulnerable children have a protective space that respects their dignity and their right to privacy. The Police Department, the Ministry of Law and Order, the Probation Department, the National Child Protection Authority and the Rural Development Foundation are all involved in this initiative.

Also, during their visit, in Nelumkulum, Vavuniya District, Ambassador Margue and UNRC McCauley handed over equipment to the Technical College of the Department of Technical Education and Training. Construction is a high growth sector in Vavuniya due to infrastructure development and resettlement.

The lack of up-to-date equipment for construction-related training led to funding assistance being granted through EU-SDDP, at the request of the Department of Technical Education and Training and the District Secretariat. The ILO is the implementing partner for this initiative. Approximately 300 people have already benefitted from this project, while 250 people are expected to benefit annually.

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