2 Sep, 2013

Through film and life, rural women address poverty and early marriage in Egypt

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“Suffering from poverty is much better than early marriage, says Karima, a bold young Egyptian woman who was forced into an early marriage with a cousin at the age of 15. She was born and married in Al Tod, a small village in the Luxor governorate (municipality), some 300 kms from the capital city of

2 Sep, 2013

UNV at TICAD: Strengthening youth volunteering in Africa

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Yokohama, Japan: Youth development is one of the most important issues on the global agenda for peace and sustainable development. About 65 per cent of the total population of Africa is below the age of 35, and over 35 per cent is between 15 and 35. Volunteerism offers valuable opportunities for youth to engage and contribute

2 Sep, 2013

UN Envoy on Youth Briefs ECOSOC Member States on the Secretary-General’s Five-year Action Agenda

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On Monday 29 April, the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Mr Ahmad Alhendawi, briefed Member States and Permanent Observers at the Economic and Social Affairs Council (ECOSOC) on the Secretary-General’s Five-year Action Agenda in relation to youth. He was joined by UN Volunteers (UNV) Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus, and the Assistant Secretary-General for Policy […]

2 Sep, 2013

In Georgia, Vocational Training Equips Youth for Job Market

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Last year, 19-year-old Nino Narmania learnt she needed computer skills to do her favourite job—sewing and making clothes. Intrigued and excited by the project, she enrolled in a college-level professional tailoring programme in Poti, a provincial town in western Georgia. Together with 50 other young women, she was the first to reap the benefits of

2 Sep, 2013

Theatre for Social Development presents gender violence in Zanzibar

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by Joke Lannoye Zanzibar, Tanzania: As a UN Volunteer working with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Zanzibar, I am involved in activities on sexual and reproductive health, working closely with government institutions. Looking for new innovative methods to raise the awareness of young people is one of the things I have been working on

2 Sep, 2013

How ending violence against women and girls became my passion

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A remarkable young man from Tanzania, 24-year-old Mwasapi Kihongosi won the global UNiTE T-shirt design competition in 2011, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in March 2012 and led a Caravan for Change against violence and harmful traditional practices in November 2012. Mwasapi tells us how the plight to end such forms of violence became his passion. “I

2 Sep, 2013

Mapping a city’s risks, Haiti youth learn about health and technology

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An innovative mapping project helps young people in Haiti build safer and healthier communities while gaining valuable knowledge and skills. PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 28 August 2013 – Carl Dorceus knows a good bit about HIV – how the disease is transmitted, how to protect himself and the importance of sharing what he knows with his friends. […]

2 Sep, 2013

Commission on Social Development discusses youth issues

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On the sidelines of the Commission on Social Development meeting in New York this week, the U.S. Mission to the UN and the International Labour Organization (ILO) convened a special forum bringing together key stakeholders to explore the challenges in implementing successful strategies. Salient facts that came out of the forum were that young people