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 society… Read more »
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 »
Currently, 6.6 million babies are born each year only to die before they reach a month old. The first 48 hours - labour and the first day of life - are the most dangerous. If simple conditions and infections are recognised and treated at this time, lives need not be lost. Sadly, in developing countries… Read more »
Volunteer Elles Blanken finds out what it is really like to work and speak at the UN, and has 120 seconds in which to sum up a plea to bolster women’s decision-making power through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The sound of frantic ticking on laptops is all around me in the public area… Read more »
From the jungles of Papua New Guinea to the concrete jungle of Manhattan, Dutch VSO volunteer Elles Blanken starts her series of blog posts about travelling to the UN this week to speak at the Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post 2015 Framework.
All of a sudden I find myself in the middle of the buzz of… Read more »
At least one in ten people around the world cannot read or write. Of the 774 million illiterate adults, approximately two thirds are women. The vast majority of them are living in developing countries.
That means that if you have read this far, you are richer than close to… Read more »