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Kampala, Uganda: Uganda is home to over half a million refugees residing in settlements and urban centres all over the country. Earlier this year the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) recognised Uganda as one of the best countries in the world for refugees to live, since they are given opportunities to work, freedom of movement, access to education, health care and a secure environment.
06 March 2009, Kampala, Uganda: Empowering women and sensitizing communities and institutions to the threat of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence is a long process. Ugandan national UNV volunteer Sarah Stella Suffer-Okuni worked on this topic from 2005 to 2008, making an undoubted impact.
Since beginning her assignments as a UNV volunteer - both in her native Uganda and for a period in Sudan too - Ms.
by Kerstin Gossé
Ougadougu, Burkina Faso: An overwhelming majority of girls and women in West Africa are affected by Female Genital Mutilation. As a UNV volunteer and specialist in sexual and gender-based violence, Francis Bogie Boogere is committed to fighting this harmful cultural practice by facilitating regional cooperation.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has a number of serious health implications, including increased risk of HIV infection.
Kampala, Uganda: UNV has received special recognition for its work to enhance human rights in Uganda.
In October, the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) commemorated a decade of human rights work in Uganda to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the 10th year of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.
UHRC Chairperson, Mrs.
Kinshasa, Uganda: UNV volunteers have helped the Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces to blow up more than 460 tonnes of decommissioned, redundant and obsolete ammunition and ordinances.
The event was the largest of its kind in the country and comprised an assortment of bombs, rockets, grenades, shells and bullets that were destroyed in a series of massive explosions of 10-15 tonnes of material at a time.
UNV helped organise a public event to mark the activity and raise awareness of the problems associated with the proliferation of small arms and also highlight measures being taken …
BONN, 7 October 2005 - The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is a credible partner in the promotion and protection of human rights in Uganda, according to the latest annual report of the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC).
KINSHASA/DJIBOUTI, 15 January 2004 -- 1,000 repatriations each month in 2004, that's the ambitious goal set by UN Volunteers George Yongo (Canada) and Abdou Dango (Niger), the two UNV Repatriation and Programme Officers assisting the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Djibouti and Somali. At the same time, UN Volunteer Patrick-Cyrille Garba (Cameroon) is leading the difficult process of helping soldiers make the transition to civilian life in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).