Lusaka, Zambia: I did not hesitate to take up the UNV Programme Officer’s assignment in Zambia when the opportunity arose. I had attained my MSc. in Development Management and long experience of what volunteerism contributes to both individuals and their communities.
In October 2015, the newly formed United Nations Volunteer (UNV) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific held an event in Bangkok inspired by the TEDx Program to provide a platform for UN Volunteers to illustrate concrete examples of the role and recognition of volunteerism as an essential contribution to the regional efforts for peace and development. The UN Volunteers spoke to UNV partners, i.e. representatives of UN Member States, UN agencies and volunteer involving organizations, about their assignments and the impact they were making within communities in the region.
For the first time, young people from across the Arab region had the opportunity to work together during a two-day forum organized by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme. This forum is part of the Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future project, which is a regional project UNV is piloting in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen.
The forum took place in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 29-30 April 2014, with the aim of exchanging knowledge and best practices, and thus finding ways of surmounting obstacles of youth volunteering in the Arab region.
Reaffirming the long-standing development partnership between the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the two partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding today.
Today, UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and UNV came together, through the regional joint programme Partners for Prevention, to launch the report Why do some men use violence and how can we prevent it? Quantitative findings from the UN Multi-country Study on Men and Violence. The study of over 10,000 men in Asia and the Pacific found that overall nearly half of those men interviewed reported using physical and/or sexual violence against a female partner, ranging from 26 percent to 80 percent across the sites studied.
Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls was the priority theme of the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) held at United Nations Headquarters from 4 to 15 March. At this apt venue, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Women and UNV presented the latest research from their Partners for Prevention Regional Joint Programme at the side event Why do men use violence and how do we stop it?
Zanzibar, Tanzania: As a UN Volunteer working with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Zanzibar, I am involved in activities on sexual and reproductive health, working closely with government institutions. Looking for new innovative methods to raise the awareness of young people is one of the things I have been working on during my assignment with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme. Theatre is a good way to raise awareness of women-related issues.
La Paz, Bolivia: As a UN Volunteer I am a part of the Communications Department at the United Nations Population Fund in Bolivia (UNFPA Bolivia). I contribute to different communications projects such as the development of the online communications strategy. Its implementation quadrupled UNFPA Bolivia’s online visits in less than a year.