Volunteers in the field

Associate Child Protection Officer

  Sonja Karina Bruderhofer - UN Youth Volunteer in Child Protection

Sonja serves as Associate child protection officer at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Country Office in Bishkek. Her responsibilies include knowledge management, internal monitoring and evaluation and reporting. 

Before joining UNICEF, Sonja worked for Terre des Hommes Suisse in Senegal and for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva. During her studies, she completed internships at the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Sonja holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict, Governance and Development from the University of York (UK) and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Geneva (Switzerland).

Protection assistant

National Volunteer is  Ester Kozhakhmetova - Protection Assistant UNHCR

UNHCR protects and assists refugees, asylum –seekers and other persons of concerns. My direct responsibilities are to collect, save and process data on refugees and asylum seekers, counsel persons of concern on issues related to our work. My working experience with UNHCR has begun in 2010 after June events,  as National UNV has started in March 2013. I have graduated from Punjab University, India, Master of Arts in Political Science.

Peacebuilding Officer

 Mariko Kato is an International UN Volunteer, assigned to United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as a Peacebuilding Officer. Her main responsibility is to coordinate the agency’s youth-related programmes under “Cross-border Cooperation for Sustainable Peace and Development” which is a joint programme of UN agencies from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Mariko holds a master’s degree in International Relations specialized in International Educational Development and Early Childhood Development (ECD) from Waseda University, as well as a nursery school teacher certification in Japan. During the postgraduate studies, she conducted a research on the Philippines’ preschool education policy reform and its immediate impacts. Mariko has always been working closely with children and young people at NGOs, UNICEF Philippines Country Office, Temporary Protection Center for Children, and Waseda University throughout her career.

Peace and reconciliation through strengthening the Rule of law and human rights protection

National UNV is Zokhidzhon Madrakhimov - OHCHR Legal Specialist.

Brief Project Description: The overall objective of the Project is to strengthen the promotion and protection of human rights in Central Asia that is, to contribute towards stabilization and conflict prevention.
The Project’s Workplan relates primarily to Kyrgyzstan with some activities planned in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.
Specific Project objectives:
· Support Kyrgyzstan with implementation of recommendations relating to rule of law and stability from reports of Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission (KIC), UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (HC) and Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in conjunction with those of Treaty Bodies (TB) and Special Procedure (SP) Mandate Holders.
· Promote the stability benefits of effective mechanisms for redress and respect for the rule of law.
· Prevent the escalation of ethnic tensions and human rights violations through monitoring, advocacy, research, analysis, policy review and advancing the rights of minorities in Central Asia.
· Support national authorities to address and alleviate inter-ethnic tensions and those caused by housing, land and property (HLP) issues, building up mid- and long-term national capacity in this regard.

Press Center

В минувшие выходные на полях Федерации футбола в Бишкеке состоялся футбольный турнир «Я – человек».
 "International Youth Day 2015" will be held in Bishkek on August 12 in the Ministry of Labour, Youth and Migration of the Kyrgyz Republic. 
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