07 March 2024

Investing in a workplace where women can thrive

Investing in women and girls today creates a future where everyone in society can thrive. At UNICEF, to champion gender equality means investing in young and adolescent girls in our programmatic work. And to help achieve this mission, our workplace must be no different: we continuously foster a culture that upholds gender equality - where women…, Proud when they achieve results, also in male-dominated areas of work "My best part of the day is when I am in the field, close to the children; I am very happy when I see a child drinking safe, clean water" Aminata Ouedraogo Nakoulma - WASH Officer (Emergencies), UNICEF Burkina Faso Aminata with children in the field Aminata Ouedragogo, Motivated to continue, working with and for children "One girl gave me a drawing of boys and girls studying together in the same class and she called it "the future." I was so moved. Stories like this are often part of our work and that's what motivates me to do more and more." Mirlinda Bushati - Education Specialist, UNICEF Albania Mirlinda sitting at her office…, Successful working collaboratively, to tackle complex issues. "It's a cross-sectoral work, where you have the opportunity to work with your colleagues from other sectors and your counterparts to achieve better outcomes for children and adolescents in a holistic way." MiRi Seo, Education Specialist, UNICEF Equatorial Guinea MiRi Seo MiRi Seo, Agents of change, feeling empowered "We are all passionate changemakers. UNICEF is that safe framework that tells you: yes, we can change the world - for every child." Yasmine Diawara - Strategic Innovation & Youth Engagement Officer, UNICEF Côte d'Ivoire Yasmine is helping a child in Côte_d'Ivoire to plant a tree UNICEF/UNI351857/Diarassouba, Team players and collaborators, fostering a welcoming work environment "I start the day with the friendly welcome of my colleagues, and the atmosphere of proactivity, willingness to collaborate in teamwork, and integration between all sections.” María Alejandra Bavaresco - Health Officer, UNICEF Venezuela Woman wearing UNICEF t-shirt talks with young women UNICEF/UNI492821/…, Motivated and living their values, because their work has an impact "I believe in the power of change and doing my best, because every action we do can make a difference in a child's life. Being with UNICEF, is a way of life not a job. We live by our core values and do our best to advocate for a better life for every child." Jinan Ramadan - Emergency Specialist, UNICEF Yemen Jinan…, Compassionate and caring, for children and young people "I enjoy the moments I spend with young people. I try to understand their aspirations and to contribute to achieving them because I like to remember that I was like them not so long ago. And when I walk into a classroom and see the smile of a little girl or boy, my day is fulfilled." Patricia Safi Lombo - Chief,…
03 August 2023

Encouraging young volunteers to help UNICEF reach every child

“Volunteerism is the voice of the people put into action. These actions shape and mold the present into a future of which we can all be proud,” said award winning cancer researcher Helen Dyer.   UNICEF takes pride in the young people who give their time and effort as UN Volunteers (UNVs). In UNICEF in the State of Palestine, there are over 10 UNVs…, Living in solidarity   , While the majority of UNVs in UNICEF in the State of Palestine are nationals, there are also others from abroad. Gemma Fanjul, an international UNV from Spain is giving her time and contributing to UNICEF’s work. Leaving her home, family and friends behind, she is embracing a new life overseas, together with all the challenges that can bring. “I…, Strengthening career opportunities , Volunteerism is an opportunity to grow, gain new experiences and develop your career. “I started as a national UNV with UNICEF four years ago, working on graphic design for in-house use in printing materials, videos and social media,” said Shihab Houshieh. As time went on a position opened up within UNICEF. “Based on my previous experience, I was…, UNICEF, together with the UNV programme, encourages people to become volunteers., “My advice for everyone is do not miss the opportunity to be part of UNICEF's amazing team where you can change people's lives for the best and develop a better version of yourself. If you are willing to learn, develop skills and contribute positively to the people around you then volunteering is for you,” shared Tamer.  “Whether it’s paid or not…, Marking the International Youth Day on 12 August, Everyday, committed young people around the world create positive change in their communities. With resilience, resourcefulness and leadership, the world's youth contribute to the achievement of the  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) . Volunteering is only one of myriads ways that young people lead, and bring their skills and experience to…