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Third edition of Empowering Refugees project opens in São Paulo


Initiative will serve around 50 women from different countries
published: Aug 10, 2018 05:08 PM last modified: Aug 10, 2018 05:08 PM

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Aiming to help insert refugee women into the Brazilian job market, the United Nations launched the third edition of the Empowering Refugees project on Wednesday (8 August) in São Paulo. The programme will offer eight coaching sessions and four workshops on career and employability, as well as individual mentoring, to about 50 foreign women.

The opening of the event was attended by about 30 beneficiaries of current and former editions. On the first day, the new members introduced themselves and chose their individual coaches. According to the UN Brazil, most of the women this year come from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Venezuela and Syria. More than 80 refugees participated in the activities in the two previous editions.

For Prudence (from Congo), who was part of the first edition, the programme is like a "therapy session" that made her believe she can follow her dreams again. Venezuelan Veronica Moreno, a new participant of the project, has been in Brazil for ten months and hopes to get a job in professional coaching, her area of expertise in her native country.

Empowering Refugees is an initiative promoted by the Brazil Network of the UN Global Compact, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and UN Women. The selection process is carried out by the Refugee Placement Support Programme (PARR), which seeks to bring refugees from different profiles to the project.