Defence and promotion of universal and interdependent rights
Volunteers work on civil and political rights through projects related to freedom of expression, protection against enforced disappearances, migrants’ rights, the right to a fair trial or the fight against discrimination. They are also committed to economic, social and cultural rights when their missions are linked to the fight against poverty, the right to decent housing or access to healthcare for example.
The promotion of peace and dialogue between peoples has also historically been an important area of volunteer involvement, notably through the first international work camps which began in the 1920s.
International volunteers committed to gender equality
Taking care of young girls on the street and in vulnerable situations, supporting financial independence, fighting against sexual violence, developing women’s entrepreneurship, training in micro-finance: there are many initiatives involving volunteers that contribute to the development and independence of young girls and women in the world.