Afghanistan – a model on how literacy empowers women

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girls in Afghanistan

One in six adults cannot read or write, of those two thirds are women. On the occasion of World Literacy Day, the UN’s Cultural and Education agency, UNESCO, wants to make women literacy a priority. Women in Afghanistan are a perfect example where the benefits of education and literacy for women are evident.

WHO: falls become a growing health problem in Asia.

Falls are a major public health problem around the world. An estimated 424 000 fatal falls occur each year, making it the second leading cause of unintentional injury death, after road traffic injuries. Over 80% of fall-related fatalities occur in low- and middle-income countries, with regions of the Western Pacific and South East Asia accounting for more than two thirds of these deaths.

Cambodia: Rights of home-based women workers

home-based women workers

Phnom Penh, the bustling, noisy capital of Cambodia. It’s also this developing nation’s ecomomic hub – drawing scores of its citizens each year in search of work and a better life. The majority of them are women, working from home for a pittance and struggling to survive with their families. UN Television prepared this report from Cambodia.

Producer: Jocelyne Sambira

Production Assistant: Sandra Guy

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