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Emmanuelle Werner-Gillioz

Europe Coordinator, Friends-International


Emmanuelle has been working with Friends-International (FI) since 2009. FI is a social enterprise saving lives and building futures of the most marginalized children and youth, their families and communities in South East Asia and accross the world. In 2014, Emmanuelle opened FI's first operational office in Europe to promote the ChildSafe Movement, a global child protection initiative aiming at providing everyone with the tools to protect children in their daily environment (the office is based in Geneva). The ChildSafe Movement provides the highest standards of protection to children and youth by delivering concrete measures and advice to tourists, businesses in the tourism industry, schools and universities, NGOs. We are developing creative and innovative programs, undertaking vigorous awareness-raising activities and encouraging behavioral change with one objective in mind: to make children and youth safe.

In Switzerland, Emmanuelle is also implementing a pilot project on the professional integration of young migrants. This project is part of Futures, Friends-International's program for youth employment and entrepreneurship. It aims to enable young refugees to enter the Swiss labour market through a series of internships. These internships will allow them to gain experience, practice and improve their French, acquire skills (soft skills, company skills) and develop a professional network in Geneva. Working closely with state agencies, the project will support young refugees enrolled in school to maximize their chances of accessing an apprenticeship or a job after graduation. The project will as well enable young refugees who are no longer in school to develop a life plan that will help them to integrate the workforce and achieve independence.

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