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USAID empowers local women

24 December 2013, 13:27

Nairobi - Kenya is one of several countries poised to benefit from the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID's) new awards to help protect and empower women in countries affected by crisis, conflict, and transition.

The awards total more than $6 million.

"In Kenya, funding will strengthen the ability of female leaders to participate in decision- making processes at local and national levels of governance by mapping resources and needs and building a network of women leaders for mentoring partnerships and peer-to- peer learning," USAID stated.

In Papua New Guinea, USAID said it would increase the capacity of local women's civil society organizations to provide recovery services for survivors of conflict-related trauma and domestic and sexual violence and to create awareness of, and advocate for, the implementation of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville's National Action Plan.

In Sierra Leone, USAID programming will provide more effective services and care for survivors of gender-based violence by improving existing referral systems and police response procedures and developing a network of safe shelters.

In Libya, USAID aims to expand the potential of women entrepreneurs through business skills training, improve women's access to financing through brokered relationships with financial institutions, and offer matching grants and technical assistance to accelerate businesses toward growth and job creation; In the Middle East and North Africa region, funding will support development of regional TV programming designed to promote positive shifts in attitudes and behaviors related to women's participation in politics and governance.

"The funds will help USAID missions build on successful programs and start new activities," the agency stated.

- CAJ News


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