Human rights chief welcomes Australian decision on gender

Officer checking passport

The UN's top human rights official, Navi Pillay, has welcomed a decision by the Australian Government to allow Australians to choose the gender they wish to be identified as. The decision allows Australians who do not wish to identify themselves as either male or female, or who are transgender or intersex, to choose how they're identified on their passports.

"Progress" in campaign to save 16 million women and children

Every Woman, Every Child meeting

Progress is being made in the global effort to improve health services and prevent the deaths of 16 million women and children. That's according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). World leaders gathered at UN headquarters in New York to discuss targets set under the Every Woman, Every Child initiative. The initiative launched a year ago by Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon aims to improve health services and cut mortality rates in the world's poorest countries. Daniel Dickinson asked Yves Bergevin, a maternal health expert at UNFPA, what is new about this particular initiative.

Women leaders call for an end to discriminatory barriers

Women's Political Participation Event

All countries should put an end to discrimination against women. That was the message from some of the most powerful women in the world, as they met recently on the margins of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly. The women leaders included US Secretary-of-State Hillary Clinton, who said it was not enough for women in power to just continue with business as usual.

Producer: Gerry Adams
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration:10’00″

Filed under Women.
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