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  World Humanitarian Day is more than a day to recognize humanitarian workers who dedicate their lives to humanitarian causes It is a day to remind us that humanitarian workers make the world not only safer but also more equitable and inclusive Among them is Emmanuel Egorp a 39 year old Nigerian UN Volunteer who is committed to fighting gender based violence GBV through daily engagement with communities Emmanuel is a National United Nations Volunteer Gender Violence Program Specialist at the United Nations Population Fund UNFPA He supports the programming of innovative prevention risk mitigation and quality response interventions in the Nigerian Bay States Borno Adamawa and Yobe Emmanuel contributes substantially to his unit s focus on increased engagement of men and boys particularly in gender based violence prevention and risk mitigation He also leads the pilot intervention on gender based violence in schools in line with UNFPA s Humanitarian Development Peace Interface strategy Indeed UNFPA s mission is to provide a world where every pregnancy is wanted every birth is safe and the potential of every young person is realized by achieving the three transformative outcomes of ending unmet need for family planning preventable maternal deaths and gender violence by 2030 Supporting UNFPA efforts is really rewarding for me says Emmanuel He claims that all of his prior experiences knowledge and skills in clinical public and primary health care related systems strengthening program management and results based financing have provided him with a unique integrated and innovative vision And they allow you to support his agency s efforts more effectively and efficiently The world is changing very quickly and the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance is increasing due to climate change conflict and more I really want to help even in the smallest way possible for someone anyone to keep the dignity of being human above all else regardless of age race religion or gender UNV offers me an incredible opportunity to do this and much more Emmanuel Egorp UN Volunteer at UNFPA Nigeria As part of his mandate Emmanuel led a UNFPA team visit to the GRA Model School in Maiduguri Borno State on International Menstrual Hygiene Day which was celebrated on May 28 The day is an opportunity to sensitize adolescent girls and boys about menstrual health and hygiene management The UNFPA team also distributed menstrual kits to 120 school age girls including seven boys My family was displaced from the local government area of Bama Now that we live in a host community in Maiduguri with each menstrual cycle it becomes even more difficult to deal with the intense pain while cleaning going to school and concentrating in class It is very difficult for me to find sanitary napkins so I resort to old pieces of cloth The fear of staining my uniform and being made fun of by my colleagues especially children is what causes me to lose at least three days of class every month Sometimes I just want to be a kid so I don t have to go through all that anymore Halima 15 GRA Model School student beneficiary of menstrual hygiene management training The most rewarding experience Emmanuel has had is the Global Intervention Pilot Project Against Gender Based Violence in Schools launched in November 2021 to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence in partnership with UNICEF Together with his team of five other UN Volunteers Emmanuel was able to train more than 50 secondary schools including private schools in setting up complaint mechanisms providing psychological first aid establishing referral links development of a code of conduct for teachers and students as well as the creation of school clubs on gender based violence and a community network of referral counsellors Before becoming a United Nations Volunteer Emmanuel volunteered as a frontline volunteer during the early months of the COVID 19 pandemic when the Federal Capital Territory Administration Abuja asked healthcare workers to volunteered He is very committed to his community and never misses an opportunity to collaborate with organizations or the government to provide humanitarian assistance to his people no matter where they live In 2022 95 United Nations Volunteers were mobilized in the West and Central Africa region to support the humanitarian programs of the United Nations system in five different agencies and missions in eight different countries
Giving a human face to the fight against gender-based violence

1 World Humanitarian Day is more than a day to recognize humanitarian workers who dedicate their lives to humanitarian causes.

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2 It is a day to remind us that humanitarian workers make the world not only safer, but also more equitable and inclusive.

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3 Among them is Emmanuel Egorp, a 39-year-old Nigerian UN Volunteer who is committed to fighting gender-based violence (GBV) through daily engagement with communities.

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4 Emmanuel is a National United Nations Volunteer, Gender Violence Program Specialist at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

5 He supports the programming of innovative prevention, risk mitigation and quality response interventions in the Nigerian Bay States (Borno, Adamawa and Yobe).

6 Emmanuel contributes substantially to his unit’s focus on increased engagement of men and boys, particularly in gender-based violence prevention and risk mitigation.

7 He also leads the pilot intervention on gender-based violence in schools, in line with UNFPA’s Humanitarian-Development-Peace Interface strategy.

8 Indeed, UNFPA’s mission is to provide a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe and the potential of every young person is realized by achieving the three transformative outcomes of ending unmet need for family planning, preventable maternal deaths and gender violence.

9 by 2030.

10 Supporting UNFPA efforts “is really rewarding for me,” says Emmanuel.

11 He claims that all of his prior experiences, knowledge and skills in clinical, public and primary health care, related systems strengthening, program management and results-based financing have provided him with a unique integrated and innovative vision.

12 And they allow you to support his agency’s efforts more effectively and efficiently.

13 “The world is changing very quickly and the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance is increasing due to climate change, conflict and more.

14 I really want to help, even in the smallest way possible, for someone, anyone, to keep the dignity.

15 of being human above all else, regardless of age, race, religion or gender.

16 UNV offers me an incredible opportunity to do this and much more.”

17 –Emmanuel Egorp, UN Volunteer at UNFPA, Nigeria As part of his mandate, Emmanuel led a UNFPA team visit to the GRA Model School in Maiduguri, Borno State, on International Menstrual Hygiene Day, which was celebrated on May 28.

18 The day is an opportunity to sensitize adolescent girls and boys about menstrual health and hygiene management.

19 The UNFPA team also distributed menstrual kits to 120 school-age girls, including seven boys.

20 “My family was displaced from the local government area of ​​Bama. Now that we live in a host community in Maiduguri, with each menstrual cycle it becomes even more difficult to deal with the intense pain while cleaning, going to school and concentrating in class.

21 It is very difficult for me to find sanitary napkins, so I resort to old pieces of cloth.The fear of staining my uniform and being made fun of by my colleagues (especially children) is what causes me to lose at least three days of class every month..

22 Sometimes I just want to be a kid, so I don’t have to go through all that anymore!—Halima, 15, GRA Model School student, beneficiary of menstrual hygiene management training” .

23 The most rewarding experience Emmanuel has had is the Global Intervention Pilot Project Against Gender-Based Violence in Schools launched in November 2021 to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, in partnership with UNICEF.

24 Together with his team of five other UN Volunteers, Emmanuel was able to train more than 50 secondary schools, including private schools, in setting up complaint mechanisms, providing psychological first aid, establishing referral links, development of a code of conduct for teachers and students, as well as the creation of school clubs on gender-based violence and a community network of referral counsellors.

25 Before becoming a United Nations Volunteer, Emmanuel volunteered as a frontline volunteer during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Abuja, asked healthcare workers to volunteered.

26 He is very committed to his community and never misses an opportunity to collaborate with organizations or the government to provide humanitarian assistance to his people, no matter where they live.

27 In 2022, 95 United Nations Volunteers were mobilized in the West and Central Africa region to support the humanitarian programs of the United Nations system in five different agencies and missions in eight different countries.

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