21 December 2004
To mark International Volunteer Day, Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), recently inaugurated Al-Amel Women Voluntary Association and gave recognition to the work of UN Volunteers (UNV) programme in Amran, Yemen.
During his visit, Mr. Malloch Brown praised UNV for helping the country progress. “I was particularly impressed by UNV’s successful efforts in mobilizing the creativity of the people of Amran to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and for promoting women’s empowerment,” he said.
The women’s association was established under UNV’s Intra-City Volunteerism Project. The group was aimed at improving women’s economic and social conditions by providing livelihood skills, e.g., sewing and handicraft making, to women from poor backgrounds. The association also gives health services such as family planning lectures and prenatal care.
Taha Hajer, the Governor of Amran commended UN volunteers’ initiative as the first of its kind in his district. He noted that the association was able to mobilize over 200 women volunteers and raised awareness of the importance of volunteerism in the province.
The UN’s Permanent Representative of the Republic of Yemen Ambassador Abdullah Al-Said, and Flavia Pansieri, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Yemen also attended the event.
From: UNDP Yemen