December 5 is International Volunteers Day. This year, UNDP, along with UN Volunteers, working together as part of the One UN framework, launched the first ever online volunteer database in Afghanistan.
Deputy Minister of Youth, Dr. Kamal Sadat and Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs, Nabila Musleh, were the first to register themselves as volunteers on the database.
"We are grateful to UNDP's support in establishing the first ever online national volunteers database. This will help us coordinate volunteer activities more efficiently," said Deputy Minister Kamal Sadaat at the launch ceremony.
The National Volunteers Database is a platform where volunteers can connect with each other and where relevant organizations can find volunteers to work with them. The database also features vacancy announcements for volunteer jobs, and promotions for events.
The idea of developing the database for Afghanistan was initiated by UNDP’s Enhancing Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Afghanistan (EGEMA) project and endorsed by the Afghan Government.
"Volunteers can play a crucial role in ending violence against women, and they raise community awareness," said Nabila Musleh, Deputy Minister of Women Affairs.
UNDP’s EGEMA project has taken concrete steps to promote volunteerism as an effective tool for the contribution of youth in the development of Afghanistan. The project has established volunteer caravans of 90 local volunteers in Herat, Balkh and Kabul provinces, aptly named as the “Youth Mullah Volunteer Caravan”.
“Volunteers make the voices of vulnerable groups heard. Volunteers are the essence of a resilient community” said UNDP Deputy Country Director Napoleon Navarro, addressing volunteers at an event marking International Volunteers Day.
The Enhancing Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Afghanistan (EGEMA) project provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Women Affairs (MoWA) to build its capacity and advance gender mainstreaming in government policy and planning process, coordinate and monitor implementation of National Action plan of Women, and take a stronger role in women’s economic empowerment, enhancing gender equality, and training gender experts to be employed in public and private sectors.