12:59 07/09/2010
VSO volunteer Cath Nixon in Nepal

Women need more say in the decisions that effect their futures

Cath Nixon, VSO public health volunteer, is in New York with VSO, to advocate for giving women more power in the decisions to fight poverty.

I’m in New York with a team of VSO employees and it partner organisation, Sankalpa, for the 58th Convention on the Status of Women (CSW)… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010
Mothers and their children in Gulu Uganda

Address the causes of inequality to inspire change

On International Women’s Day, Niki Kandirikirira, VSO’s regional director for the Horn and East Africa, reflects on what she’s learnt throughout her career and how it can help in gender equality programming.

I am the Regional Director for VSO in Horn and East Africa, I started in July 2013 but am not new to VSO.  I… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010
Film workshop at Share-Learn-Act

How many ways can volunteers change the world?

Sarah Witts works in VSO’s International Communications team, and has been volunteering in the UK and Africa for the past decade. Here she reflects on the impact that volunteering can have in fighting poverty.

Like many VSO volunteers and staff, I often find myself challenging scepticism about the contribution that volunteering makes towards international development.… Read more »


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