Playing my part in a fairer future for disadvantaged Asia Pacific women

Gender based violence workshop, Modilon hospital, Madang, Papua New Guinea

VSO Volunteer Catherine Bedford usually works at Modilon General Hospital in Papua New Guinea, offering care and psycho social support to women who have experienced routine physical and sexual violence. Temporarily switching her post for a place at the Asia Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development in Bangkok, Catherine reports on how civil societyRead more »

Support the essential healthcare providers – Nurses

Nursing students Diana Liphana and Stevien Saiwala peer teach each other at St Lukes hospital, Zomba district
By Clive Ingleby, Lead adviser – Health, HIV & AIDS, VSO

International Nurses’ Day is celebrated around the world on May 12 each year. The date coincides with the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale – one of the most famous and internationally recognised pioneers of modern day nursing.

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My UN experience: Talking about more than just money and machines


Elisabeth Kisakye is a 32 year old VSO volunteer and human rights activist from Uganda working in the Instituto de Comunicação Social in Moçambique. Here she describes her recent experience speaking at the UN Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UN is a myriad of security checks with everyone checking that you… Read more »


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