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Empowering women in humanitarian crisis
20 July 2016
UN Volunteer Jasmin Blessing (standing) interviews local women on women's participation in camp governance in the shelter of Pedernales. (UNV, 2016)
My experience in Ecuador taught me that natural disasters can change household dynamics and promote opportunities for women as agents of change. Gender stereotypes can and have changed over time. They change fast in emergencies, and this is a challenge and an opportunity to build a more equal society.  Read
More about: Emergency relief  Gender
Countries:  Ecuador
Other languages: en español  
World Humanitarian Summit: a UN Volunteer’s perspective
15 July 2016
UN Volunteer Sheriff Abdulai (second from right), with other UN Volunteers and UNV staff, at the UNV booth at the World Humanitarian Summit that took place in Turkey in May 2016. (UNV, 2016)
As an international UN Volunteer working with the Gender Unit in the United Nation Mission in South Sudan, attending the World Humanitarian Summit was an immense opportunity. As I reflect on my journey and the experience of my visit to Turkey, I realize that I have gained a deeper insight and therefore more meaning towards my work as a UN Volunteer.  Interacting with various people on humanitarian issues at the global level, as well as on the details and benefits of volunteerism towards humanity was more fulfilling than anticipated. Read
More about: Emergency relief
Countries:  South Sudan  Turkey
Ebola prevention on the ground
05 July 2016
Dr. Patrick Chukwudi Nzene is a UN Volunteer Medical Doctor with the United Nations Mission in Liberia. (UNV, 2016)
Armed with a projector and a laptop, I organized endless Ebola prevention training sessions section by section for the peacekeeping personnel and other UNMIL staff. Anti-Ebola posters were handed out to attendees, and I made sure all anti-Ebola UNMIL directives were strongly enforced on the ground.  Read
More about: Health
Countries:  Liberia
Assistance in the midst of the refugee crisis
24 June 2016
Drawing of a secure and peaceful house, with boats and people at sea in the background, drawn by a girl during her stay at a refugee camp in Greece. (UNV, 2016)
I am serving as a UN Volunteer Interpreter with UNHCR at the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) in Greece, where I provide interpretation services for an increasing number of people every week. By assisting refugees in their communication with Greek officials, I help people understand what their options and their rights are. I feel confident that my work here in Greece will help reduce the suffering of the asylum seekers and give them hope for their future. Read
Countries:  Greece
Bringing new perspectives and fresh ideas
14 June 2016
Denisa Ludasova (Czech Republic) during her UN Volunteer assignment as UNV Finance Officer in Guatemala. (UNV, 2016)
While serving as a UN Volunteer Finance Officer with the World Food Programme (WFP) in Guatemala, I had the opportunity to participate in pilot projects in the area of Finance. The whole financial framework of the WFP is in a process of transition towards higher transparency, cost efficiency and accountability. I was excited to contribute to this transformation. Read
More about: Agriculture  Children  Poverty
Countries:  Guatemala

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