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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. International Women's Day is an opportunity to assess how much progress we have made in this direction and how far there is to go. And it is also an opportunity to focus on women's unique contributions and the problems and opportunities that they face all over the world.

This slideshow is a compilation of resources highlighting the role of women volunteers in empowering other women, and the challenges they face in promoting gender equality and volunteering.

Read our collection of stories and resources on this topic.

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Dominican UN Volunteer Petra Buffong (left) advises Sister Rose Leon, principal of St. John's Catholic School in Portsmouth, Dominica, on health and family life education. 

(Photo by Richard Nyberg/UNV, November 2002)Dominican UN Volunteer Petra Buffong (left) advises Sister Rose Leon, principal of St. John's Catholic School in Portsmouth, Dominica, on health and family life education. (Photo by Richard Nyberg/UNV, November 2002)