Women at the forefront in the creation of a green economy

Women from Burkina Faso terracing the soil

Women are the unsung heroes when it comes to their role in the global economy. They are the ones producing 80% of our food, and doing most of the menial and low-wage jobs.

That's according to Sascha Gabizon, the Executive Director of Women in Europe for a Common Future or WECF.

Ms. Gabizon is attending a conference in Bonn, Germany to prepare for the next UN conference on sustainable development in Rio in 2012.

Internally displaced Somali women

Somali women bear brunt of displacement

Somali women are bearing the brunt of suffering from displacement as they are the ones who flock into spontaneous settlements while the men remain in their areas of origin.

According to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) there are 400,000 displaced people in and around the capital Mogadishu.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres was recently in the country and travelled to the towns of Dollo on the border with Ethiopia, and Mogadishu.

Jamuben has worked in the arid lands of Gujarat for the last 40 years

Poor rural women in Indian empowered to stand on their own

In the rural areas of the Gujarat state of India, poor women are being empowered to stand on their own, raising their families and building their houses.

This is thanks to the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) which has been fighting for the empowerment of women workers in India since 1972.

Recently staff from the economic and social development department at the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization took part in a programme to get first hand experience of how these women manage their daily lives.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira

Production Assistant: Sandra Guy

Duration: 10″

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