Gender
A young nurse being trained by UN Volunteer Ma Xin (right), a medical doctor from China working with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Yemen. She trains the nurses in in maternal health issues and infant care. (Photo by UNV)
The high priority accorded to Goal 3 of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) “Promote gender equality and empowerment of women” – is an affirmation of the international support for women’s rights and gender equality as core values of development. Through the years, women have progressed in many areas: we now have women presidents, prime ministers, Nobel Prize winners, parliamentarians, community leaders and ever increasing number of women volunteers. But serious challenges persist -- cultural attitudes that debase women, gender violence, laws that favour men, and limited access to healthcare, to name a few.

Here we bring you a compilation of resources about the role of women volunteers in empowering other women and the challenges they face in promoting gender equality and volunteering.

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06 April 2011
Village volunteers and a healthier Nepal 
(Left-right) Sushmita Sumbhamphe, 22, who is nine months pregnant, and her mother listen to Chandra Maya, a woman community health volunteer, at their home in Chowkmagu Village in Panchthar District in the remote, mountainous Eastern Region. Chandra holds a chart with the names of all the pregnant women in the village, together with their ages, number of pregnancies and live births, and frequency of their antenatal visits. Sushmita receives regular antenatal check-ups, and has been taking Vitamin A, iron and folic acid supplements. However, she has anaemia and swelling in her limbs. While Chandra has advised an institutional delivery, Sushmita plans to deliver her baby at home with the help of her mother, who has no midwifery experience. They will send for Chandra if complications arise. Chandra is a trained birth assistant, and has conducted over 150 deliveries in the past 14 years. (UNICEF/Anita Khemka)
Kathmandu, Nepal: "In the last 15 years, we have managed to reduce child mortality by two-thirds... it can be credited the role played by the Female Community Health Volunteers."  Read article
More about: Nepal  Health
08 March 2011
Changing men's mindsets on Women's Day 
In Pakistan, UN Volunteer Rizwan Latif (left) talks about women's rights. (W. Anees/UNV)
Uttar Pradesh, India; Islamabad, Pakistan: Harish Chandra Verma, 25, lives in Fatehpur in India's Uttar Pradesh. "Women in our society are the worst sufferers when it comes to gender-based violence," he says. "Women don’t have a right to do what they wish for…” But he feels that projects which use volunteers as advocates for change, are beginning to alter people's mindsets.   Read article
More about: MDG 3  Youth
19 May 2010
UNV volunteer shoots '8 Goals for Africa' 
Accompanied by a music video, ‘8 Goals for Africa’ is being disseminated free of charge locally and internationally, before, during and after the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The performing artists will also make special appearances during the soccer tournament, promoting the MDGs and calling for action. 
The music video will be screened throughout the World Cup, across all the fan parks and public viewing areas. On the day of the finals, all eight artists will come together to sing the song in a live performance at the Soccer City Fan Fest in Johannesburg. The video will also be distributed to the international media. (UNIC South Africa/'8 Goals for the MDGs')
Pretoria, South Africa: A UNV volunteer has brought together Africa's top musicians for a high-profile campaign connecting the Millennium Development Goals with the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.  Read article
11 February 2009
A day at Serenity Place 
IVD 2008 at 'Serenity Place, Port Fortin, Trinidad: (standing from left to right)  Dr. Geeta Misra, Dr. Trysa Konstantin, Dr. Muhammad Zaman, Dr. Bikshit Guria, Baby Sanna, Mr. Cole, Dr. Valluri Avinash, Dr. Prasanta Misra, (sitting from left to right)  Dr. Sahana Sharmin, Dr. Nilgiri Kerketta, Dr. Aruna, Dr. Khandker Haque (not in the picture)
Port Fortin, Trinidad: In the spirit of promoting and encouraging volunteerism, a group of UNV volunteers visited 'Serenity Place'. Though an impromptu idea, the group made a small contribution in the form of gift hampers and a First Aid kit.   Read article
22 January 2009
New MDG cartoons for Kosovo 
Pristina, Kosovo: For IVD, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme team in Kosovo commissioned a local artist to come up with a new spin on the Millennium Development Goals.  Read article

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