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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.
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.
International Day to End Violence against Women
25 November, is the International Day to End Violence against Women and marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign of UN Women.16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign is an international campaign that began in 1991. From today, the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women, to December 10th, International Human Rights Day.
The campaign calls on individuals and groups around the world to act to end all forms of violence against women and girls. Making the critical link between violence against women and human rights, the campaign observes several significant dates in its 16 days, including the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, where a man deliberately gunned down fourteen women students.
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