In a sector that requires more women, Farida, Fatima and Oumou are more than welcome. In some areas, the socio-cultural constraints are such that, despite the emergency, only women can interact with the women. So having these volunteers on our team is a huge help. --Ms Khadidjatou Yara, Head of the OCHA Tahoua sub-office, Niger
Working in the field requires compassion and empathy, but also rigor, to quickly define appropriate emergency responses. The direct contact with victims has instilled in me the true meaning of what I do and the necessity to do it well, to help them recover their rights. --Farida Zakaria Abderrahmane, UN Volunteer with UNOCHA, Niger
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), national UN Volunteer Nadege Tshibola serves with the UN Development Programme (UNDP). She is the focal point of a project for justice and empowerment of women and girls in Kananga, Dibaya center, Tshimbulu, Kinshasa and the Ituri region.
Nadege facilitates awareness-raising activities, medical care and psychosocial support for women and girls. She collaborates with UN partners like the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) and local non-governmental organizations. She also works a lot with traditional leaders. The project she is involved in has a legal and judicial component to defend the rights of women victims of gender-based violence and empower them through income-generating activities.
Thanks to our human rights-based approach, some traditional chiefs have already started to refer women's rights violations cases to us and are raising awareness among women. Their support is helpful in the local context, where some women have gone through quite a lot. --Nadege Tshibola, UN Volunteer with UNDP, DRC
After several years of activism in my country, my ambition was to be part of international human rights protection. This volunteer opportunity allows me to empower individuals to stand up for their rights, but also stand up for the rights of others. --Edokossi Kodjo Agbemebia, UN Volunteer with UNJHRO, DRC