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The power of engagement: gender, volunteerism and governance in the post-2015 development agenda
20 March 2014
Rosemary Kalapurakal, UNV Deputy Executive Coordinator, chaired the event. (UNV/Joel Sheakoski, 2014)
New York, USA: On 18 March, a United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme side event to the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) discussed findings and experiences on ways to ensure that women’s participation in public life through volunteerism breaks barriers of gender stereotypes and ensures more sustainable and more equitable development outcomes as the post-2015 agenda takes shape. The event was attended by more than 100 participants, including UN agencies, civil society organizations and numerous member states. Read
More about: Governance
Writing her way to the future
08 March 2014
Hateme Krasniqi, an Ashkali woman in her mid-30s, keeps her eyes on the tip of her pencil as she carefully writes her name during the weekly class offered to neighbourhood women by The Ideas Partnership. (Sarah Murphy, 2014)
Fushe Kosove, Kosovo: A success story from a United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme / United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) component within a UN Joint project in Kosovo funded by the UN Trust Fund for Human Security and implemented by The Ideas Partnership. Read
More about: Education
Countries:  Kosovo
Contributing to a more inclusive and happy world
08 March 2014
Tom Van Den Steen, international UN Volunteer specialist with the UNDP Articulation of Territorial Networks Programme, has worked on issues related to gender and human development in land planning and management in Ecuador. (UNV, 2014)
Quito, Ecuador: To be a volunteer is to be flexible, to be open to contributing your skills and enthusiasm to new opportunities. This is how I’ve had some of the most rewarding experiences of my assignment, helping ART/UNDP and UNV to organize post-2015 consultations. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to go beyond the expected and contribute to a more inclusive and happy world. Read
Countries:  Ecuador
Message from the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme on the occasion of International Women’s Day
08 March 2014
Sarah Chardonnens (right) is a UN Youth Volunteer Human Rights Support Officer - with the UNDP Governance Unit in Iraq - whose UNV assignment is fully funded by the Government of Switzerland. (UNV, 2014)
Bonn, Germany: “Equality for women is progress for all." Today, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme joins in the global celebration of this compelling theme for International Women’s Day. Read
"If I have given a lot as a volunteer, I have received so much more in return from the experience"
07 March 2014
UN Volunteer Annie Michèle Wabo talking about social cohesion during an awareness-raising campaign. (UNV, 2013)
Duekoue, Côte d’Ivoire: As a UNV Civil Affairs Officer with the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire, I work to restore the State’s authority and social cohesion, to promote national reconciliation through peaceful management of conflicts, as well as to raise awareness about the culture of peace and to organize intercommunity dialogue sessions. As a UN Volunteer, I am proud to have made a modest contribution to development and to restoring peace in the world through the missions in which I have served. Read

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