The UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, the UNICEF-UNFPA Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage, the Global Programme to Prevent Son Preference and Gender-biased Sex Selection, as well as to UNFPA country programmes in all regions through its Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), the European Commission contributes significantly to specific initiatives and activities, such as UNFPA Supplies.
The brand new European Consensus on developing, used in June 2017, aligns the European Union’s development policy aided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
On the basis of the European Union’s dedication to peoples legal rights, its development priorities and objectives uphold freedom from physical violence for females and girls, with unique focus on genital that is female; child and forced marriage; gender-based and intimate physical physical violence; intimate and reproductive health insurance and liberties, including family members preparation; and training.
The EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls was launched during the UN General Assembly in September 2017 against this background. With €500 million in seed funds from the EU, the Spotlight Initiative will implement programmes into the aspects of intimate and gender-based physical violence and harmful methods, trafficking and financial (labour) exploitation, femicide, in addition to domestic and family members physical violence within the coming years.
Through its Directorate General for Humanitarian help and Protection (DG ECHO), the European Commission is actually an extremely essential partner in supporting UNFPA’s humanitarian work to ensure the reproductive wellness requirements of females and teenagers will also be served in crisis and crisis contexts. (more…)