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24.03.2017 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

Violeta Urmana organized a charity concert to support UNESCO projects

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Violeta Urmana, UNESCO Artist for Peace, organized a charity concert in Vilnius on the 25th Anniversary of the accession by Lithuania to UNESCO. This event, which was held on 30 October last, gathered several Lithuanian prominent persons such as H.E. Mr Valdas Adamkus, former President of Lithuania and former UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. During her speech, pronounced on the occasion of this event, Violeta Urmana has brought to public attention the importance of culture as a vehicle for dialogue and for mutual understanding.  She has also recalled her support to UNESCO in her capacity as a UNESCO Artist for peace, notably her support to the African continent.


Funds raised during this event will contribute to the projects aiming at training students in Africa. Precisely, these contributions will permit to perpetuate a functional literacy and languages training programme for young deaf, mute and hearing-impaired girls, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These funds will also be allocated to support the activities of a literacy and digital center in favour of girls and single mothers in the Republic of Congo.  

This 1st project aims at fixing the lack of structures in Democratic Republic of Congo in favour of young people who need specific educations. Those needs are well identified in the objectives and indicators of the 4th Sustainable Development Goal of 2030 Agenda. In this context, UNESCO and its partners set up a training programme in aesthetics and hairdressing for young deaf, mute, hearing-impaired girls with a view to their integration into society and entry into employment. Since its creation 10 years ago, this programme has allowed to train 330 girls and 45 boys, whose 130 who have been able to find a beginning of autonomy in taking an active part in a paid employment.

The second project aims at reducing the feminization of poverty issue as recommended by the evaluation of actions and strategical prospects “Gender in Republic of Congo”, realized with the support of the United Nations in 2015. This study shows that this issue is the consequence of the strict repartition of roles between women and men in Congo and the lack of access to power, education, formation and productive resources. In this context, UNESCO and its partners will offer a 6-month functional literacy and digital training for single mothers and young girls.

Violetta Urmana has been UNESCO Artist for Peace since March 2016 with the mission of promoting culture as a vehicle for dialogue and mutual understanding, and issues that are in line with UNESCO's Global Priority Africa.



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