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UN aids more than 8,000 displaced women in Libya

The agencies will continue to support the empowerment and protection of displaced women and girls in Libya, fostering their participation in civil society dialogues and ensuring their voices are heard, the report says.


Devdiscourse News Desk
Updated: 31-03-2018 08:18 IST
UN aids more than 8,000 displaced women in Libya

Agencies distributing hygiene kits to women across (Image Credit: UN Libya)

The United Nations system has been active in Libya since the 1950s, through the engaged presence of several specialized agencies, funds and programmes.

In order to respond to the growing needs of vulnerable displaced women across Libya, UNHCR and UNFPA, with the support of German funding, are currently distributing 8,517 dignity and hygiene kits in 16 different locations in the areas of Tripoli, Misrata, Sabha, Nafusa Mountains, Bani Walid , Janzour , Ubari and Murzaq.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has provided assistance to more than 8,000 displaced women in Libya.

According to the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) statement released yeatreday, "In order to respond to the growing needs of vulnerable displaced women across Libya, UNHCR and UNFPA, with the support of German funding, are currently distributing 8,517 dignity and hygiene kits in 16 different locations in the areas of Tripoli, Misrata, Sabha, Nafusa Mountains, Bani Walid, Janzour, Ubari and Murzaq,"

"Displaced women and girls represent one of the most vulnerable groups in Libya, where an estimated number of 500,000 persons are either internally displaced or have returned home following a period of displacement," it added.

UNFPA facilitates access to primary and secondary healthcare facilities and hospitals and promotes the provision of quality services to all people in Libya.

The agencies will continue to support the empowerment and protection of displaced women and girls in Libya, fostering their participation in civil society dialogues and ensuring their voices are heard, the report says.

Beside the distribution of the hygiene kits, UNHCR and UNFPA seize this vital opportunity to meet displaced women across the country and assess their wellbeing and the conditions they are living in, in order to respond adequately to their needs, the release says.

In Libya, UNHCR works with partners to promote and enhance the protection environment and provide humanitarian lifesaving assistance for refugees, asylum seekers, IDPs and returnees.

Leveraging on the specific knowledge of each UN Agency, Fund or Programme the UN system plays an instrumental role in helping Libya development challenges while helping the country to achieve the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

COUNTRY : Libya