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Different Needs, Equal Opportunities: Mainstreaming Gender into Humanitarian Actions
18 August 2016
UN Volunteer Nnoko Angela training on Mainstreaming Gender into Humanitarian Action in Niamey, (UNV, Niger 2016)
In my assignment as an international UN Volunteer for the Regional Humanitarian Program for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) for West and Central Africa in Dakar, one of my duty is to make sure that humanitarian actions incorporate issues of gender and diversity. This process aims at ensuring that the needs of women, girls, men and boys of all ages are taken into consideration during Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) and the actual execution phase itself. Read
More about: Gender
Countries:  Senegal
Other languages: en español  
"Volunteer experiences provide the insights and satisfaction for my work"
03 August 2016
Hina Yousafzai is a national UN Volunteer Monitoring and Reporting Associate with UNDP Pakistan (UNV, 2016)
My name is Hina Yousafzai and I am from Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in Pakistan. I am currently working as a UN Volunteer supporting the FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) Recovery Project carried out by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the capacity of Reporting & Monitoring Associate based in Peshawar. Read
More about: Gender
Countries:  Pakistan
Bringing hope and social cohesion in post-conflict Côte d’Ivoire
01 August 2016
Maria Zamani served as UN Volunteer head of the public information office of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI). (UNV, 2016)
I served as UN Volunteer head of the public information office of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) in Daloa, the third largest city of the country. My duty was to use all public information means to create a peaceful environment, to build confidence and help the people of the region fulfil their dreams of peace and reconstruction in an environment of stability, security and cohesion. Read
Countries:  Côte d'Ivoire
Other languages: en français  
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:  Turkey

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