Women a better investment than men

 

Vivienne Westwood bags

Vivienne Westwood bags

Women are ten times more productive than men, perhaps a controversial viewpoint but one that women across the world would probably agree with. These are the thoughts of Patricia Francis, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre or ITC. The UN backed agency that helps small businesses in poor nations, has initiated interesting and ground breaking projects across the world.  One of them is Ethical Fashion Bag Programme which got fashion icons like Fendi and Vivienne Westwood to do business with African women. Now, with the tourism industry taking off in many developing countries, the ITC wants to encourage women to engage more in trade.

Sierra Leonean women

Sierra Leonean women

African women in post conflict countries discuss their future

After the war in Sierra Leone, women got together to demand restitution for women who were sexually assaulted and raped during the war. Often treated as the "spoils" of war, women were hardly ever given a space in post conflict countries to organize and articulate what they want to see change about their country. Until this brave and unprecedented move by Sierra Leonean women. Yasmin Sooka, who serves as an international commissioner on the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission spoke to our colleague Radmilla Suleymanova. She believes women living in countries in transition from war to peace, should seize the moment to get their voices heard.

blue helmet

blue helmet

Burundi female veteran returns from Somalia

What's it like to be a peace keeper in war-torn Somalia and the only female in the group? Marie-Ange Niyokindi has recently served in Somalia for the African Union Mission in Somalia or AMISOM. She's from Burundi, a small east African nation recovering from over a decade of inter-ethnic conflict. Marie-Ange shares her experience as a peacekeeper in what is said to be one of the most dangerous spots in the world.

 
Producer:  Jocelyne Sambira”
duration:  10’00″

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