Afghan women denied their rights

With the Taliban regime gone, women in Afghanistan are trying to reclaim their basic rights, like education and the right to participate in public life. This has resulted in an escalation of violence against women and girls. A report released by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights along with the UN Mission in Afghanistan, shows the country remains ultra conservative and it is not only pro-Taliban groups that want women out of public life. Rupert Colville, Spokesman for the UN High Commission for Human Rights speaks to UN Radio about this issue.

A homophobic law is repealed in India

A landmark ruling by an Indian court repealing a law that criminalizes homosexual acts has been hailed by the United Nations agency dealing with HIV/AIDS as setting an important precedent for the world. UNAIDS hopes it would encourage more HIV victims in India to come forward to seek treatment and information. Bissera Kostova reports.

Cancer becomes a major health problem in Asia

 WHOFive million deaths a year in Asia can be linked to cancer. This growing health problem brought together some of Asia’s leading cancer control specialists to the IAEA, UN agency for nuclear cooperation headquarters in Vienna. Participants from over 19 Asian countries came to swap success stories and tips on how to fight the disease. India tops the charts with 800,000 new cancer cases a year.

Producer: Jocelyne Sambira
duration: 14’00″

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