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Volunteering online for women’s equality

Over 1,000 UN Online Volunteers join forces

08 Mar 2016
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In 2013, 1,203 UN Online Volunteers helped organizations address critical issues related to gender equality and women’s rights. Joining their forces at the global level, they contributed to … 

Building networks for gender equality and women’s economic empowerment

UN Women harnessed the energy and commitment of 25 online volunteers to help set the stage for launching The Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment, an innovative online platform that provides women and girls with knowledge sharing and learning opportunities to take charge of their economic future.

Through a series of webinars, the Knowledge Gateway offered online advocacy training sessions to equip the online volunteers with tools and knowledge for their campaigning activities on women's economic empowerment, which included a 24-hour, multilingual Twitter marathon. On 3rd December 2013, the ‘global community champions’ were selected to continue the campaign online and offline for a period of six months in their respective communities. 

Measuring progress of an anti-poverty project for women

A UN Online Volunteer is developing a data collection app, web-based database and interface for results management for the Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction Project, run by the United Nations Development Programme, UN-HABITAT, the Local Government Engineering Department in Bangladesh and the UK Department for International Development.

The project reaches over 800,000 households across 23 towns in Bangladesh. It is led by extremely poor women who identify the most important needs in their communities and use grants to create positive change. The mobile phone app will facilitate fast and reliable data collection from women in poor urban settlements across Bangladesh. The data coming from these women will be uploaded to a web-based database in real-time and allow the monitoring of the project's progress.

Reinforcing the voice of a grassroots women’s NGO in Nepal

The NGO Nari Sewa Kendra involved 5 UN Online Volunteers to design its website from scratch and find sustainable hosting and content management solutions. The organization works with 43 village communities and two municipalities in the Kasik Disctrict in Nepal towards the development of an equitable society in which individuals are free from exploitation and are able to become self-reliant.

Formed by a group of women over thirty years ago, Nari Sewa Kendra has received support from local donors and delivers trainings in its target communities on strengthening community organization, goat raising, sewing, women leadership development, women participation in politics, among many other topics. Thanks to the website that online volunteers have developed, the organization can share information on its activities with a wider audience.