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Empowering women in humanitarian crisis
20 July 2016
UN Volunteer Jasmin Blessing (standing) interviews local women on women's participation in camp governance in the shelter of Pedernales. (UNV, 2016)
Pedernales, Ecuador: My experience in Ecuador taught me that natural disasters can change household dynamics and promote opportunities for women as agents of change. Gender stereotypes can and have changed over time. They change fast in emergencies, and this is a challenge and an opportunity to build a more equal society.  Read
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Countries:  Ecuador
World Humanitarian Summit: a UN Volunteer’s perspective
15 July 2016
UN Volunteer Sheriff Abdulai (second from right), with other UN Volunteers and UNV staff, at the UNV booth at the World Humanitarian Summit that took place in Turkey in May 2016. (UNV, 2016)
Istanbul, Turkey: As an international UN Volunteer working with the Gender Unit in the United Nation Mission in South Sudan, attending the World Humanitarian Summit was an immense opportunity. As I reflect on my journey and the experience of my visit to Turkey, I realize that I have gained a deeper insight and therefore more meaning towards my work as a UN Volunteer.  Interacting with various people on humanitarian issues at the global level, as well as on the details and benefits of volunteerism towards humanity was more fulfilling than anticipated. Read
Countries:  South Sudan  Turkey
UNV Message for the International Day of UN Peacekeepers
27 May 2016
Bonn, Germany: The UN sets aside 29 May as the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers to honour the memory of UN peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.

Some 2,000 UN Volunteers are among the 18,000 international and national civilian personnel who tirelessly work with people and communities living at and behind the frontlines.
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UNV in Action – Humanitarian Assistance
26 May 2016
Humanitarian assistance is a key issue to UNV. Emergency response, child and refugee protection, empowerment of vulnerable communities and the delivery of basic services are humanitarian endeavors where UN Volunteers show a strong track record. In order to be most effective and able, UNV has traditionally targeted close cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Food Programme, the Office for Humanitarian Affairs, the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the United Nations Population Fund and various other UN agencies. Read
The critical role of volunteers as first responders
25 May 2016
Istanbul, Turkey: The critical role of volunteers as first responders in emergencies and crises was the topic of a side event that was held on 23 May on the sidelines of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. The panel discussion was jointly held by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Read
Countries:  Turkey

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