Monday, 27 May 2019

Indonesian government helps Palestinian women by providing entrepreneurship courses


IllustrationIllustration - The Indonesian government helped Palestinian women who fled in Amman, Jordan, to be independent. The trick is to provide entrepreneurship courses. "March 8 is world women's day, I want to dedicate that day to Palestinian women, for their role in peace and security" said Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, through a statement received by on Wednesday, March 6th 2019.

Retno said that Palestine needs world support to start building their nation, especially through its human resources. She hopes that this capacity building program can become a pillar for building a strong and dignified government. According to Retno, this course program is expected to create opportunities and generate hope that they will get a better life outside the refugee camp.

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Retno and Commissioner General of the United Nations Institute for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), Pierre Krahenbuhl, signed a humanitarian aid agreement for former Gazans at Jerash Camp, Jordan. In 2018, Indonesia donated funds of USD 200 thousand or equivalent to IDR 2.9 billion for UNRWA.

The amount of this donation is double the number of Indonesia's largest donations in 2012-2014 which then only amounted of USD 100 thousand. This contribution also jumped 40 times from the 2016 contribution which only USD 5,000.

Since the beginning of 2018, the UNRWA is experiencing a funding crisis following the decision of the United States, which is the organization's main contributor, withdrawing all its assistance. UNRWA explained that the organization had a shortage of funds reaching USD 211 million for the program during 2019.


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