Unwavering Spirit for volunteerism:
While Nilab was pursuing her undergraduate studies, she also worked with a local NGO that works to end violence against women and sexual harassment. She worked during the day and attended university in the evening.
She has been volunteering since her school days. She did not think so much of the money she would earn, because her goal was to learn as much as she could and help to bring positive change and peace in Afghanistan.
In September 2017, she was successfully selected as an intern for UNDP. Her internship was later extended and she applied for a UNV post as Finance Associate with the elections project, UNESP.
UN Volunteers are highly motivated, qualified individuals, committed to the principles and ideals of the United Nations. They complement and strengthen the work of UN entities, public institutions and civil society organizations.
“As a UN Volunteer, you are not only contributing to peace and development, but also helping, caring, meeting new people, and there is an exchange of cultural values” says Nilab.
Today, International Volunteers Day 2018 focuses on the values of volunteerism through the appreciation of local volunteers, including marginalized groups and women, who make up nearly 60 per cent of volunteers worldwide, and their impact on building Resilient Communities.
“I am happy when I do something voluntarily. I want to help every single person if possible,” says Nilab.
“Doing something voluntarily keeps you down to earth and doesn’t give you an ego.” She adds.
Volunteerism is also an important vehicle for sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development explicitly recognises volunteer groups as stakeholders to achieve the 17 SDGs.
Many of the SDGs call for long-term attitude and behavior changes - for example, in the way we live together or in the way we consume. Volunteers facilitate change in mindsets by raising awareness and inspiring others.
“My ambition is big, as big as the SDGs,” says Shugofa Ayub, a project officer UNV working on the SDGs. “Through our work as volunteers, I believe we can achieve it.”
104 UN Volunteers contribute to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Afghanistan. This include 20 National and 83 internationals. A total of 43 UNVs in UNDP, 1 in UNICEF, 1 with UNWOMEN, 68 with UN Mission, 1 UNFPA, and 1 with the World Bank.