12:59 07/09/2010

The complexity of working on gender issues

The launch of UN Women was a pivotal moment in world and UN history. UN Women is a reality thanks to the many NGOs and people behind the campaign.  At the launch last month, Ban Ki Moon acknowledged these efforts and pledged to continue raising funds.

It was a star-studded event with… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010
Girls from the Aparajeyo Centre for Street Children in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Happy International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day VSO offices and partners around the world will be celebrating the achievements, remembering set-backs and making plans for the continuing struggles.

To support disadvantaged women around the world and UN Women, VSO will be launching a new global advocacy campaign on gender inequality in summer 2011. This… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010
Water harvesting in Daudu

Planting the seeds of climate change work

On my recent trip to Nigeria and Kenya I saw how VSO’s climate change work has a potential to deliver much greater assistance to those facing the impacts of climate change.

Building Nigeria’s Response to Climate Change (BNRCC) is the most comprehensive climate change programme we have undertaken. It was clear… Read more »


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