Visit by the UN High Commissioner in South LebanonVisit of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Antonio Guterres and United Nations Secretary General Humanitarian Envoy for Kuwait, Dr. Abdullah al-Matouq to DRC’s Women’s Resource Center in South Lebanon.
Saida, South Lebanon, April 14th 2015 - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Antonio Guterres and United Nations Secretary General Humanitarian Envoy for Kuwait, Dr. Abdullah al-Matouq visited the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) Women’s Resource Center (WRC) in Saida, South Lebanon, accompanied by the head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Lebanon, Mr. Johan Peleman and UNHCR Representative in Lebanon, Ms. Ninette Kelley.
During the visit, Mr. Guterres and Dr. Abdullah al-Matouq were briefed on the context and situation faced by the Syrian refugees and host communities in Southern Lebanon and met with women and girls who are involved in activities aiming at supporting them to deal with their day-to-day challenges due to the displacement.
The Women’s Resource Centre is a safe community space where DRC provides vulnerable women and girls with training opportunities, life skills development, and a peer support network. There are more than 140,000 Syrian refugees in South Lebanon, the majority of which are women and children. In addition there are many more vulnerable Palestinian and Lebanese host women and children in this region of Lebanon. DRC ensures that tailored support is provided to promote their self-reliance, social cohesion and personal growth.
Mr. Guterres was impressed by the strength and courage of the women who are facing disrupted community support, shattered livelihoods and lacking sustainable shelter opportunities. Similarly Dr. al-Matouq highlighted the importance of conducting activities aimed at improving the psycho-social well-being of women who can go on to make important positive changes in their different communities.
The DRC Women’s Resource Centre in Saida, South Lebanon is currently funded by the United Nations/ Emergency Response Fund (UN/ERF). Through this funding, DRC is able to continue offering psychosocial support, life skills and awareness sessions, case management, and other outreach services that will continue to improve the lives of women and girls in Southern Lebanon during 2015.