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14 January 2007
Volunteer-run literacy programme helps empower women in Liberia by Andrej Mahecic
Suakoko, Liberia: Garmai Gbelawoe had to mark the ballot paper with her inked fingerprint when she voted in Liberia's landmark presidential election in November 2005. Today, she feels empowered after learning how to read and write at a volunteer-run women's centre that is helping to reintegrate returnees in the country's Bong County, north of the national capital, Monrovia.  Read article

From: AlertNet
More about: Liberia  Education  Gender
28 December 2006
New song on volunteerism and tsunami recovery released by Vero Balderas, UNV Communication Specialist Banda Aceh
Banda Aceh, Indonesia: In partnership with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, Acehnese musicians Mahrisal Rubi and Edy Erwinsyah released a song commemorating the second anniversary of the tsunami that hit several countries of South East Asia on 26 December 2004.  Read article
21 December 2006
Red Cross/Crescent appeals for volunteers, staff's release in Iraq 
Geneva, Switzerland: On Sunday, 17 December a number of Iraqi Red Crescent Society staff and volunteers and other persons were abducted from one of the Society's offices in Baghdad. As of today, some have been released, but many are still being held.  Read article
11 December 2006
Standards for employee volunteer programmes developed 
Washington, D.C., USA: Today more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies have employee volunteer programs to leverage the power of service and volunteering in the corporate sector. The Corporate Community Involvement Summit, a coalition of nonprofit organizations, has developed a set of standards that will help to track trends, benchmark programs and encourage better practices in employee volunteer programs.   Read article
06 December 2006
China developing law to recognize and boost volunteerism 
Beijing, China: China is drafting a law to clearly define the rights and obligations of volunteers in a move to encourage more people to donate their time and skills, said an official with the Ministry of Civil Affairs on Tuesday, International Volunteer Day.  Read article

From: Xinhua News
More about: China  Policy
05 December 2006
UNV honours outstanding Online Volunteers of the Year 2006 
Bonn, Germany: Every year, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and its Online Volunteering (OV) service honour ten exceptional women and men who have made an exemplary impact on human development by sharing their expertise over the Internet and by demonstrating their commitment to volunteering. The winners of the “Online Volunteer of the Year” award for 2006 were announced today.   Read article

More about: Online volunteering
05 December 2006
Outstanding online volunteers honoured 
Bonn, Germany: Every year, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and its Online Volunteering (OV) service honour ten exceptional women and men who have made an exemplary impact on human development by sharing their expertise over the Internet and by demonstrating their commitment to volunteering. The winners of the “Online Volunteer of the Year” award for 2006 were announced today.   Read article
04 December 2006
Volunteering hits 30-year high in U.S. 
Washington, USA: The number of Americans who volunteer to mentor students, beautify neighborhoods and pitch in after disasters is at a 30-year high, fueled in part by a boom in teen participation, a new study says.  Read article
28 November 2006
Development goals rest on volunteerism by Martha Twumasi
Accra, Ghana: The Millennium Development Goals could “only be achieved in Ghana if people are prepared to sacrifice and contribute to the socio-economic development of the nation” Mike Ajdei, the Special Aide to the President, said at the official launch of International Volunteer Day and Coalition of Voluntary Organizations in Ghana.  Read article

More about: Ghana  Advocacy  MDGs: General
23 November 2006
Volunteers run China's first lesbian helpline 
Shanghai, China: China's first helpline specifically for lesbians will begin taking calls this weekend, organizers said Wednesday, in a sign of growing awareness of issues facing gay women in China's commercial center.  Read article

From: International Herald Tribune, France
More about: China  Sexuality

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