1 World Humanitarian Day is more than a day to recognize humanitarian workers who dedicate their lives to humanitarian causes.
2 It is a day to remind us that humanitarian workers make the world not only safer, but also more equitable and inclusive.
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.
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.