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International Women's day

Bonn, Germany: “Equality for women is progress for all." Today, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme joins in the global celebration of this compelling theme for International Women’s Day. We know that development can neither be equitable nor sustainable as long as women are disproportionately affected by poverty, have lower access to education or health care, and continue to suffer social, cultural and political constraints.

UNV aims to contribute to sustainable development through engaging volunteers and the spirit of volunteerism. We believe that volunteerism can help women have a real voice and role in shaping their livelihoods and their communities and helping accelerate development for all.  Women volunteer as a way to combat poverty, contribute to the economy, extend mutual support and achieve a greater level of inclusion.

UNV is committed to supporting women’s engagement in participatory processes, increasing their involvement in, and impact on, local decision-making and enhancing local, national and regional accountability. In countries and communities across the world, we know that women have been strongly engaged in volunteer action to achieve their goals. Local volunteer-based organizations established and run by women are found throughout the developing world.

At the same time, we need to keep doing more to leverage the power of volunteer action to open up spaces for women’s engagement beyond stereotypical gender roles. We already see that women are seizing opportunities for themselves: women’s active volunteering in the social and political movements in different regions is helping them have a voice in the issues that affect their lives, create social networks and generate much-needed social capital. In doing so, women are breaking down stereotypes about their roles and potential. 

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UNV signs Memorandum of Understanding with UNFPA

New York, USA: 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.

Reflecting on this partnership, Richard Dictus emphasized, “UNV has mobilized specialized UN Volunteers who have supported UNFPA to deliver on its mandate for decades. These UN Volunteers have advanced gender equality, improved access to reproductive health care services and improved quality of life. This Memorandum of Understanding reaffirms the long-term development partnership between UNV and UNFPA, and paves the way for increased engagement of UN Volunteers for development.”

UNFPA Deputy Executive Director of Programme, Kate Gilmore stated, “UNV brings alive the best of global citizenship. It enables talent to travel. It empowers individuals, especially young people who want to make a difference. UNV is a vital partner to UNFPA. We are very excited to extend our partnership and collaboration through this agreement.”

Over the past seven years more than 300 UN Volunteers have supported UNFPA in delivering on its mandate in nearly 70 countries. Specialized UN Volunteers build the capacities of health service providers and those who train them, thus contributing to the UNFPA goal of universal access to sexual and reproductive health. They also work within communities, making them well-placed to support household surveys and data analysis for use in policy development and monitoring progress towards development goals. Through the development of joint programs and with their focus on inclusiveness, UN Volunteers contribute to gender equality and youth development for improved quality of life, sustainable development and poverty reduction.

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2013 International Volunteer Day

2013 International Volunteer Day (IVD)

International Volunteer Day (IVD) was established by the United Nations General Assembly on 17 December 1985 and since then the event has been celebrated every 5th of December globally. Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in celebrating the global event by holding events in Harare, Masvingo and Zvishavane. The aim is to recognize all volunteer commitment and applaud hundreds of millions of people who volunteer to make the world a better place.
The theme for this year was Young. Global. Active which was meant to highlight the contributions that youth volunteers are making towards peace and development in the world? Not only did we celebrate and recognize volunteerism in all its facets – but paid special tribute to the contribution of youth volunteers in global peace and sustainable human development. For IVD 2013 we celebrated globally that young people act as the agents of change in their communities.
In Masvingo the event was held on 4 December 2013 and organised by Batanai HIV/AIDs Service Organisation (BHASO) through partnership with other Volunteer Involving Organization (VIOs). The proceedings started off with the cleaning of Masvingo provincial hospital before the proceedings moved to Mucheke stadium for a celebratory nature which included drama, poems, testimonials, awards and speeches. The Guest of Honour was the Honourable Francis Nhema the Minister of Youth who was represented by the Provincial Head Mr Mbizvo.
The event in Harare was held on 5 December 2013 in Glen View Township. Volunteer federation (VF) organized the event with assistance from the Volunteering for development committee (V4D) which is comprised of more than 30 VIOs. The proceedings started off with a mini carnival/solidarity march to Glen View hall. The Zimbabwe prison services (ZPS) and Zimbabwe Republic Police provided the security and bands. Thereafter the event was moved to Isheanesu children’s disability centre and Glen View Clinic where voluntary action was show cased through cleaning of premises, painting and psycho social support.  There was also a volunteer expo running parallel to the proceedings where the Volunteer Involving Organization (VIOs) showcased their profiles/products. The proceedings then moved to Glenview new hall where dramas, poems, testimonials, awards and speeches were the order of the day. The Guest of Honour was the Minister of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare Hon Nicholas Goche who was represented by MPLSW Director Mr Mukaro.
The Zvishavane event was organised by the Midlands Aids Caring Organisation (MACO) with support from the Midlands Volunteer Core group which includes organisations like Zimbabwe AIDS Network, Dananai Child Care (DACHICARE), Batanai and National AIDS Council. The event started off with a tour of volunteer led Income generating projects under Chief Mapanzure’s area. The event then moved to Maketo clinic where the rest of the proceedings took place. It had both a celebratory and an informative nature. The Guest of honour was the Child member of parliament for Mapirimira ward 6.


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