Angelina Jolie expands her UN role; Serena Williams takes on a new one

Serena Williams

A Hollywood star expands her role working with the UN's Refugee agency and a tennis star takes the UN's Children's Fund on as a new partner off the court. Award winning actress Angelina Jolie will now be a UNHCR Special Envoy in some of the world's most difficult refugee situations. Champion tennis player Serena Williams is now a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.

Nigerian woman heads the Security Council for October

UN Radio's Julie Walker interviewing Ambassador Joy Ogwu of Nigeria

A woman is now in charge of the most powerful decision making body in international diplomacy. Nigerian Ambassador to the UN, Joy Ogwu is President of the Security Council for the month of October. She is one of only three women on the 15 member council. The United States and Brazil also have female Ambassadors.  Ogwu says being a woman does not impede her in any way and others should not let sexual bias become an issue, but instead use it to inspire them.

The push is on for more female teachers and students

girls reading

In many developing countries, there's a shortage of female teachers ,as well as female students. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is trying to change that. UNESCO estimates that nearly two million more teachers will be needed to meet the internationally agreed goal of universal primary education by 2015.

Presenter: Julie Walker

Duration: 10’00″

Filed under Women.
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