Dining for Women and UNICEF Join Forces for Good
Dining for Women has partnered with UNICEF USA to provide urgent support to some of the most vulnerable and forgotten groups in our world today: refugee women and girls in South Sudan and Jordan. The significant refugee populations in these two countries makes this the humanitarian crisis of our time, and it is well-documented that women and girls suffer the most during any humanitarian crisis.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more.
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South Sudan Project
More than two million people have been displaced by violence in South Sudan, 87 percent of whom are women and children. Gender-based violence (GBV) is an urgent issue, with high levels of sexual violence prevalent throughout the country.
Dining for Women has pledged $100,000 for critical prevention and response services for women and children in South Sudan who are high risk of gender-based violence. This includes:
- GBV mitigation — e.g. ensuring sufficient lighting and security patrols at displacement camps and protective patrols to help women who go outside the camps to search for firewood.
- Psychosocial support — to help girls overcome difficult experiences such as rape, sexual abuse, and other forms of GBV.
- Awareness campaigns — engaging communities in a process to explore, debate, and ultimately alter norms that influence behaviors, practices, and beliefs that contribute to GBV.
- Capacity building — strengthening national capacity to deliver quality GBV prevention
Our $100,000 investment will support GBV prevention and response services for about 2,640 women and children in South Sudan. Our goal is to raise the $100,000 pledged amount by the end of 2018. To donate to this project, please click on the button below.
Dining for Women has fulfilled its $100,000 pledge to UNICEF USA for the Syrian Refugee Project. This project will provide safe and lawful employment for Syrian refugee women in Jordan who have fewer opportunities for gainful employment while living in refugee camps. Our project will also address the urgent need for maternal and newborn health care services in Jordan settlement camps and other locations at the Jordan-Syrian border. Syrian refugees in Jordan are a younger demographic and, on average, 2,000 babies are born a month in these refugee camps.
With the Jordan project, we have a unique cost-sharing with UNICEF Next Generation, who have contributed $100,000. NextGen is a group of young leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators in their 20s and 30s who commit their resources, resolve, and enthusiasm toward supporting UNICEF’s lifesaving work. Without the seed funding provided by Dining for Women and NextGen, this project would not have happened.