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EU approves new human rights projects for children, women and workers

The EU Delegation in Sierra Leone has selected four human rights projects – focussing on preventing violence against children and strengthening their rights; improved access to justice, in particular for women and girls; lending support to achieve better gender equality as well as securing a well-functioning labour market by, inter alia, strengthening worker’s rights.

On the occasion of the approval of these projects, Ambassador Peter Versteeg, Head of the EU Delegation, re-iterated the EU’s support for human rights and democracy, and those who defend them: “I am optimistic that these projects will produce tangible results in favour of social and economic rights, for women and children. The EU also supports literacy for women in prison”.

The overall support amounts to over EUR 2 million (Le12.37 billion): three projects are funded under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights with an overall amount of EUR 880.000 (Le5.23 billion); one project under the Development Cooperation Instrument with EUR 1.2 million (Le7.14 billion).

The four projects are part of the EU’s overall support to the protection and promotion of Human Rights in Sierra Leone, as expressed in the EU’s Human Rights priorities.