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  UN Volunteers working to promote human rights    
Human Rights Day is marked on 10 December and commemorates the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This Day is a chance to pay tribute to all human rights defenders. It also marks the end of the 16 days of activism campaign, running from 25 November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – to 10 December – Human Rights Day - and calling for the elimination of violence against women, inviting everyone to take action against it.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme recognizes the efforts of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and other partners working to achieve human rights for all. 

We invite you to meet some of the UN Volunteers working to monitor and report on abuses, sensitize institutions and communities, and protect individual people:

Before Mr Mwiba Mweenda joined the staff of the Zambia Human Rights Commission, he was posted there as a national UN Volunteer. (Carol Atwell/UNV,2011)
UN Volunteers accepted by Zambia HRC colleagues
16 December 2011
Lusaka, Zambia: UN Volunteers at Zambia Human Rights Commission are known for going "the extra mile in doing their work" and have been accepted by their colleagues, says HRC Deputy Director. Read
More about: Human rights
Countries:  Zambia
Geoffrey Omon, UNV Judicial Systems Monitor, has served as a UN Volunteer with the United Nations Mission in Liberia from 2007 to 2011. (UNV)
Advancing the rule of law
10 December 2011
Monrovia, Liberia: Joining the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) as a UNV Judicial Systems Monitor in 2007 has allowed me to help further development not only for the people I serve in Lofa and Montserrado Counties, but also for myself. Read
People helping people
10 December 2011
Guatemala: Christina Papadopoulou has been working with the UN Human Rights office (OHCHR) in Guatemala since 2008. She is a UN Volunteer who has chosen “to serve society and promote ideals such as social justice and equality.” Read
More about: Human rights
Countries:  Guatemala
Law student volunteers help run the legal clinics and the website, getting unique professional experience that helps them develop a greater sense of social responsibility. (UNV)
Improving access to legal services
10 December 2011
Tashkent, Uzbekistan: UNDP and UNV have created a legal support website in Tashkent which is run by pro-bono legal clinicians and is designed to help the city’s residents obtain the legal advice and support they require. Read
More about: Human rights  ICT  Youth
Countries:  Uzbekistan
Through the UNV small grant scheme, four UN Volunteers organized the delivery of materials to women so that they could continue producing and selling jewellery accessories. (UNV)
Supporting re-integration
10 December 2011
Plementina, Kosovo: The integration of Roma Ashkali Egyptian (RAE) is a challenging social issue for Kosovo. In Plementina, a small village in the Obliq municipality, a community of some 40 Kosovo RAE returnee families is facing very difficult living conditions since a fire broke out in their apartment building and made it inhabitable. Read
Young Cambodian volunteers receive the last instructions to start raising public awareness in their communities to end violence against women during the 16 Days campaign. (Photo: Ramón Sánchez, Prey Veng province, Cambodia, 6 Dec 2010)
Why volunteering matters in gender-based violence intervention in Cambodia
05 December 2011
Cambodia: Making a difference: An assessment of volunteer interventions addressing gender-based violence in Cambodia (Partners for Prevention, 2010)  highlights the crucial role and the far-reaching positive effects that community volunteers play in the prevention and response to gender-based violence. Read
More about: Gender
Countries:  Cambodia
The banner says "Laki-laki sejati tidak melakukan kekerasan" or "Real men don't commit violence". (Photo: UNV)
Volunteering to prevent and eliminate gender-based violence in Aceh, Indonesia
05 December 2011
Aceh, Indonesia: PULIH Aceh collaborated with the New Men’s Alliance, Rifka Annisa and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) to initiate the project, Working with Men and Boys to Prevent Violence Against Women in Indonesia. It is supported by Partners for Prevention, which is a regional joint programme on the prevention of gender-based violence for Asia and the Pacific implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Women and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme. Read
More about: Gender
Countries:  Indonesia
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