UNDP and UN Women initiates the development of a Women's Vision Document
UNDP Maldives in collaboration with UN Women is supporting the development of Women's Vision document that includes the issues, priorities and aspirations for the country of women from all walks of life, across the Maldives.
A total of four consultation meetings had been held, which included women from all walks of life living in Male', and representatives from Women's Development Committees of 33 selected islands. The consultation meetings employed participatory activities to collect and prioritize key issues and aspirations of over 100 women, and these will be compiled into a survey format. The surveys will be conducted by the women leaders in their communities to collect the views of a representative sample of women in selected islands, and will be analyzed to develop the final report.
The Women's Vision document will be used to gauge and lobby for the inclusion of women's priorities in formulating national policy and programmes, and would also contribute towards the formulation of the post MDG development framework. The final document would be launched in 2014 at an event targeting national leaders and policy makers.
- MEET THE TEAM TUESDAY “Care enough to make it right!” Mohamed Izman Suhail Intern – Low Emission Climate Resilient Development (LECReD) Programme "I was fresh out of high school in Male’, when as a United World Colleges (UWC) scholar, I had the opportunity to live with students from more than 90 different countries at boarding school in Norway. This was an eye-opening experience for me, as I got to participate in experiential learning activities like organizing First Aid training camps, managing Leirskule (Norwegian Primary School) events, and hosting cultural learning evenings. I enjoyed meeting new people and learning about things I have only seen on TV or read in books or heard from relatives who had travelled to distant places. One thing that surprised me after two years abroad, was how little I knew about my own country. I tried to educate myself about the place I call home from books and articles online. But I still felt something was missing. Seeing how beneficial the experiential learning activities were for me in Norway, I figured I would be able to learn more about home by being more involved while in my country itself. This is what first made me interested in interning with UNDP Maldives – the development arm of the UN. The programme I am interning under focuses on climate resilient development. I have been studying development-related courses for a while now, but I was eager to experience development work firsthand: I wanted to see the work that was being done to better the lives of this generation without compromising the next. One of the most interesting and rewarding components of the internship would be the field trip to Laamu Atoll. During this field trip, we visited 10 islands in the atoll, and monitored development project sites assisted by my programme – ranging from installation of rainwater harvesting tanks to setting up of waste management centers in the islands. Almost all the projects were initiatives taken by the communities themselves, meaning that these projects are very likely to last a long time since it is the communities that are looking after them. I was also able to see mangrove ecosystems and visit heritage sites in Laamu. This experience within my own country has made me realize all that our island nation has to offer. Would I intern at UNDP or another UN organization in the future? If given the opportunity, definitely. Did I learn about everything I wanted to? Not nearly enough but a lot more than I had hoped for. If my internship taught me anything it’s that while it is important to identify problems in the world, it is even more important to come up with ways to solve them. If you care about what is wrong with the world, then you should care enough to make it right." Tuesday AT 11:36 AM
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