A Black woman from the Netherlands tells her story

An organization representing Black, migrant and refugee women in the Netherlands

At a meeting commemorating the International Year of People of African Descent 2011, the High Commissioner for Human rights, Navi Pillay, told a gathering of women from the African diaspora that the situation of people of African descent remains dire, particularly for women and girls. Ms. Pillay's words were confirmed by Dr. Hellen Felter of Tiye International, an organization representing Black, migrant and refugee women in the Netherlands. She spoke to Gerry Adams about discrimination she and others have experienced.

UNICEF says child marriage is prevalent in the developing world

Anita Puddar with her mother. Anita was allowed to stay in school after she refused to be married early.

A third of women between the ages of 20 and 24 in developing countries are married before they turn 18, says UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund. Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, told the UN General Assembly that worldwide, some 15 million girls become mothers before they are ready. In this report by Gerry Adams, Mr. Lake talks about the changes that are needed, including shifts in traditional practices and behaviours.

Indian widows struggle to matter

Indian widows

Two hundred forty-five million women worldwide are widows, according to UN Women. Almost half of them live in extreme poverty, are discriminated against and live lives of isolation. In India, women shudder at the prospect of being widowed. It's a fate many consider to be a death sentence. UN's Daljit Dhaliwal tells the story of Kamla, an Indian woman who lost her husband some 40 years ago.

Presenter: Gerry Adams

Duration: 10'00"

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