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Alicia Giraudel carries out a capacity building session about human rights for university students in Quito. (UNV, 2012)

Creative volunteering for human rights

My passion for volunteering inspired me to gradually take on more activities outside my working hours and get involved in several projects. I believe that this year as a United Nations Volunteer will be one of the most memorable of my life. I have grown as a professional and as a person. I will carry this experience with me always.

Quito, Ecuador: I am a 27-year-old lawyer and I just finished my one-year assignment with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme at the Office of the Human Rights Adviser in Ecuador.

Working on Human Rights in South America was an experience I was ready and eager to take on again. My previous volunteering experiences in Peru and Mexico had left me with a strong desire to work again as a volunteer. When I learnt about the UNV assignment I was doing an internship at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva and I was already familiar with the functioning of the organisation, but I was keen on gaining experience in the field.

During my assignment I was entrusted with the organization of an event on International Human Rights Day, which is the most important annual inter-agency event for the UN System in Ecuador. I enjoyed this great challenge as it allowed me to make use of my creativity, my artistic talents and contacts in order to organize a musical event.

In two months I managed to organize a song-writing and a poster design contest, which drew significant participation. The award ceremony took place during the musical event. We invited a great number of artists from different genres in order to promote diversity. I participated in a tango show aimed at raising awareness about gender prejudices.

Later, a video was produced of the winning song written by a young and talented indigenous girl from the Northern Sierra.

I created an alliance between my office and the Inter-American Human Rights Institute. We jointly organized a course on the Inter-American and Universal Human Rights Systems for government officials. I also took the initiative to organize a conference on corporate volunteering for International Volunteer Day.

My passion for volunteering inspired me to gradually take on more activities outside my working hours and get involved in several projects. I believe that this year as a United Nations Volunteer will be one of the most memorable of my life. I have grown as a professional and as a person. I will carry this experience with me always.