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Women in a policing station in Pakistan
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From grassroots to government: Taking the fight for gender equality to the top

Dr Madhuri Singh has been working to end gender-based violence for over 30 years. In 2017, she used her expertise as an eminent VSO volunteer in Pakistan to take the fight against gender-based violence to the highest level.

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Without engaging men, gender equality may be beyond our reach. Here’s why...

Men and women both need to be brought on board to create a #BalanceforBetter. Our experience shows that when men are engaged, they become active allies in the struggle for gender equality, writes VSO Gender Adviser Geeta Pradhan.

Aisha Usman stands by a wall, one participant of a farming project in Nigeria
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5 lessons for aspiring entrepreneurs – from the women who’ve been there

What does it take to start up your own business? For International Women’s Day, we speak to five women from around the world on their best business advice.

VSO Bangladesh volunteer Nowrin is pictured with the member of an all-women farming collective at Bhelarpara, Birampur, in Dinajpurpur, northern Bangladesh
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Nowrin vs female farmer poverty

As the sole female volunteer on VSO’s rural livelihoods programme in Bangladesh, Nowrin Sultana, 26, is in demand. For the last two years, she’s been working to financially empower all-female farming groups in rural communities in the northern district of Rangpur.

VSO community volunteer Laxmi in Nepal
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Laxmi vs education inequality

Laxmi is a community volunteer 'Big Sister' helping girls in Surkhet, Nepal go back to school and finish their education.

Boys in a classroom in a small village school near Mindat town, Myanmar.
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Making sure no student gets left behind in Myanmar

In Myanmar, with a newly-elected government and an education system undergoing major changes, we are urgently recruiting VSO volunteers to help teachers adapt.

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The power of youth volunteering: Eight years of impact in eight ICS projects

Since 2011, more than 38,000 young people have taken part in ICS. Eight years later, we celebrate eight of our favourite moments of ICS impact.

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Expanding horizons for Deaf youth in Kenya: Harrison’s story

Volunteer Harrison Kariuki is on a mission to end stigma and improve the lives of Deaf young people in Kenya.

Sheila Lawrence (left) and Chrissy Zimba (right), together at a reunion in 2008 in Mzuzu, Malawi
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You changed my life

Paralysed in her teens, Chrissy Zimba thought her life was over. VSO volunteer Sheila Lawrence helped her turn it all around. As told to Lucy Taylor.

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Development through the lens: A volunteer filmmaker in Tanzania

Justin Spray volunteered in Tanzania telling the stories of some of the people whose lives VSO has touched with its work there. He explains how the power of film can be harnessed to create change.

VSO-supported welding graduate Whycliffe Rutalemwa
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"I thought life had ended - but life has just begun" - Whycliffe's story

Whycliffe was supported by VSO to attain an internationally-recognised vocational qualification, which has transformed his fortunes. He now employs three other young people and dreams of volunteering to help other youth in his home near Hoima, Uganda.

Winners of the Volunteer Impact Awards 2018

A night to remember: Global volunteers celebrated at VSO Awards

VSO volunteers, supporters and friends came together to celebrate the impact of volunteering for development at the Volunteer Impact Awards.