Emirates News Agency – “Abu Dhabi Shelter” discusses cooperation opportunities with “UNHCR”

ABU DHABI, 4th July, WAM / The Abu Dhabi Center for Shelter and Humanitarian Care – Ewaa, affiliated to the Department of Community Development, met with the work team of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to review its new competencies and services in empowering cases of violence and abuse, in addition to cases of human trafficking.

They discussed opportunities for cooperation in building the center’s internal capacities, facilitating after-care and communicating with resettled cases of human trafficking, and helping to find alternative homelands for the category of human trafficking that prevents their conditions from returning to their homelands.

The meeting’s agenda included presenting “Ewaa” priorities towards participating in eliminating violence against women, while representatives of the Commission stressed that it is a common priority, especially with the increase in cases of violence against women worldwide since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.. The two parties discussed the possibility of holding specialized training programs Capacity building and joint workshops on human trafficking and violence against women.

The center’s representatives affirmed their interest in continuing to communicate with the survivors for whom alternative homelands were found, even after many years since their travel, and their interest in studying their success stories and benefiting from the lessons learned from them while dealing with new cases.

Commenting on the meeting, Her Excellency Sarah Shehel, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Center for Shelter and Humanitarian Care – Ewaa, said: “The center has a long history of cooperation with UNHCR that has lasted for more than a decade, by working on human trafficking cases that require resettlement after the center has finished providing services. Care, legal support, and psychosocial rehabilitation for them, and the UNHCR’s active role has always been included in the aftercare plans that we put in place according to the needs of each case, prior to the voluntary deportation to the alternative homeland.”

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She added: “Benefiting from the experiences of the center’s partner institutions and exchanging knowledge of best practices is one of the center’s strategic objectives, which focuses on the beneficiary and guarantees him integrated care, rehabilitation and empowerment services even after he leaves the center.”

Wam/ Reem Al Hajri/ Dina Omar

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