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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
I volunteer to restore dignity to vulnerable women
06 May 2016
Jimmy Henry Nyingcho, UNV at the service of female refugees at the Minawao refugee camp in Maroua. (Fajong, UN Women, 2016)
Maroua, Cameroon: "My dream is to end suffering in my community and the world and achieve gender equality… To see a world where every human right is respected by all and for women to be seen as partners, not as objects" says Jimmy Henry NYINGCHO, a national UN Volunteer with UN Women at the Minawao refugee camp in Maroua, Cameroon. Read
Countries:  Cameroon  Nigeria
UN joint programme helps prevent violence against women in Viet Nam
03 May 2016
Tran Van Chuong is one of the male advocates working to prevent violence against women and girls in Viet Nam through the Partners for Prevention, a UN joint programme. (Photo: UNV Viet Nam FU and UN Women Viet Nam, 2016)
Da Nang, Viet Nam: Through the Male Advocacy Club set up by the Women’s Union in Da Nang, Viet Nam, as part of the Partners for Prevention (P4P) UN joint programme, 26-year old Tran Van Chuong found a way to help his neighbour stop beating his wife and learned how to convey his own feelings without insulting or hurting those he spoke to.   Read
Countries:  Viet Nam
Changing laws to safeguard women’s rights in Viet Nam
01 April 2016
Leika Aruga (Japan) UN Volunteer Programme Specialist in Governance for UN Women in Viet Nam leads a group of ambassadors and heads of agencies on a field visit pertaining to human trafficking in a border area where ethnic minorities reside. Photo: Vietnam Women' Union, 2015
Hanoi, Viet Nam: When Leika Aruga (Japan) arrived at her duty station as a UN Volunteer Programme Specialist in Governance for UN Women in May 2014, it was a critical moment for women’s rights in Viet Nam. Little did she know how much she would use her training and background in international law to secure the inclusion of women's human rights in Vietnamese laws. Read
Countries:  Japan  Viet Nam
Advancing Human Rights in South Sudan
17 March 2016
UN Volunteer Francesca Tronco (left) is chatting to women from Aduel, Rumbek East, after conducting interviews towards a peace process between rival communities in the area. (UNMISS, 2015)
Rumbek, South Sudan: Serving as a UN Volunteer in South Sudan has made me more humble. It has made me aware of the many challenges people are facing around the world. This work has also empowered me. If I have been able to survive here for more than two years, and be happy, I think I can survive anywhere. Read

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