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UN Volunteers ride the bus against gender based violence in Bangladesh
15 December 2014
UN Volunteers in Bangladesh rode city buses in Dhaka, distributed flyers and engaged the pubic to focus on gender and transportation as their contribution to the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence 2014 campaign. (Miriam Ebner/UNV Bangladesh Field Unit, 2014)
Dhaka, Bangladesh: To focus on gender and transportation, an issued often raised in discussions with Bangladeshi citizens, UN Volunteers in Dhaka joined the 16 Days Against Gender Based Violence 2014 campaign by riding city buses, distributing flyers and engaging with the public.   Read
More about: Human rights
Countries:  Bangladesh
Recognizing and advancing local sustainable development
12 August 2014
UN Youth Volunteer Marta Gutiérrez (left) with Manuela Omari Ima, Community Coordinator of the Association of Waorani Women of the Ecuadorian Amazon (AMWAE), during the volunteer’s interview of AMWAE members for the production of a documentary film. (UNV, 2014)
Quito, Ecuador: As a UN Youth Volunteer in Gender Analysis, assigned to the UNDP Office of the Resident Coordinator in Quito, Ecuador, I support and advise the Resident Coordinator and the United Nations Country Team on gender-related advocacy, communications and resource mobilization. Read
More about: Youth
Countries:  Ecuador
Reducing poverty by improving the environment
05 June 2014
National UN Volunteers have received training to conduct activities aimed at changing attitudes about and practices related to waste reduction and management. (UNV, 2014)
Lima, Peru: Due to high industrialization and urbanization rates, solid waste has increased by 40 per cent in Peru over the last decade, negatively impacting the environment and people’s health. National UN Volunteers have been reinforcing community level resilience and strengthening civil society by conducting activities aimed at changing attitudes about and practices related to waste reduction and management. Read
Making changes through education
23 April 2014
Mirsade Salihu (right) teaches a literacy and numeracy class for girls at The Ideas Partnership’s Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje centre. As Salihu describes it, her passion for education and learning never left, but she was abruptly forced to halt her studies during the region's conflict of the 1990s. “I woke up when I started my education again,” she says. And her excitement to jump back into learning seems to translate into her teaching, for which she clearly has a natural aptitude. (Sarah Murphy, 2014)
Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje, Kosovo: Inside the classroom, ten young teenage girls sit among four rows of old wooden tables. Pens in hand and eyes on the blackboard, the girls are oblivious to the laughter and community chatter emanating from the street outside. Their teacher is Mirsade Salihu. A 36-year-old mother of three and active member of her local community, Salihu is one of the volunteers that is part of a project supported by UNV and implemented by The Ideas Partnership to empower Roma/Ashkali/Egyptian communities in Kosovo. Read
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

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