participation and governance

Are young people the answer to overcoming tension and violence in Pakistan?

Young people trained through the Peace Forums in Pakistan project have been spreading messages of multi-faith acceptance through film clubs, social media and performance in the Multan District, a region prone to sectarian conflict. Shaun Vincent, Central and South Asia regional director at VSO, explores this unlikely counter-terror source.

"Branded a prostitute for getting into politics": Empowering women to win more influence

Stephanie Green, a VSO volunteer in northern Ghana, has been talking to women’s groups and local women leaders. She finds that the main barriers to decision-making are not only women’s lack of education and representation, but also cultural attitudes and getting appropriate funding.

Giving a speech at the UN - a different way to celebrate turning 30

As UK Volunteers’ Week celebrates its 30th anniversary from 1 to 7, June, VSO Volunteer Community Health Nurse, Cath Nixon, writes about her 30th birthday in March, which she spent flying back to Nepal after speaking at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York.