Daily Archives: 2 September 2013

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

“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

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UNV at TICAD: Strengthening youth volunteering in Africa

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

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In Nicaragua, Programme Helps Youth Create Businesses

Leyli Siles, born deaf into a poor family, opened her own small business with a loan from a Nicaraguan youth employment programme. Credit: UNDP Nicaragua As a child in Nicaragua, Leyli Siles studied, ran and played hide-and-seek just like any other little girl, even though she was deaf and born into a poor

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In Georgia, Vocational Training Equips Youth for Job Market

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

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Theatre for Social Development presents gender violence in Zanzibar

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

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How ending violence against women and girls became my passion

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

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Commission on Social Development discusses youth issues

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

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