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EU awards K12m to projects helping marginalised groups

THE European Union in Zambia has awarded grants worth about K12 million to four projects related to the protection of the rights of marginalised groups, and in particular for the rights of persons with disabilities.

The Delegation of the European Union to Zambia stated that despite the positive efforts of the government and civil society to try and protect the victims, examples of inequalities and marginalisation do exist in the country.

“On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Delegation of the European Union to Zambia would like to inform about its decision to award grants for a total of 989,890.00 Euro (approx. 12 million Zambian kwacha) to four projects related to the protection of the rights of marginalised groups, and in particular for the rights of persons with disabilities,” it stated.

“Examples of inequalities and marginalisation do exist in Zambia, despite the positive efforts of the government and civil society to try and protect the victims. This is why the European Union has decided to support civil society organisations that dedicate themselves to assist those who suffer – and have suffered – from marginalisation and discrimination.”

The European Union Delegation named the organisations as AIDS-Fondet, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), SOS Children’s Villages Zambia and Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities (ZAPD).

The EU stated that a call for proposals was launched under the European Instrument for Human Rights and Democracy which was designed to help civil society to become an effective force for advocacy/reforms and the defence of human rights.

It stated that the key priority of the call was the protection of the rights of people victim of discrimination.

During the launch ceremony of the call for proposal, European Union Ambassador Alessandro Mariani stated: “With continued commitment and fruitful partnerships at the government and civil society level, and with greater tolerance vis-à-vis some marginalised groups, Zambia could set the example for many other countries on the continent.”

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