African women have better access to HIV and AIDS treatment than men

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World Aids Day 2011

Better access to treatment has resulted in a 22 per cent drop of AIDS-related deaths in the last five years, and a significant reduction in new infections. These are the latest figures on HIV and AIDS compiled in a UN report marking World AIDS Day. Half of the people in developing countries who need treatment are getting it, the report adds. Women from Sub-Saharan Africa in particular are benefiting.

Men and women face poverty differently, says gender expert

A teenager wears torn rubber boots in a muddy local market in Bac Ha, Viet Nam

Women who take care of the family and carry out domestic chores often receive no income for their work. But this role also limits them from accessing other sources of income. They often are forced to do odd jobs or depend on precarious forms of employment. These are just some of the reasons why men and women face different consequences of poverty and social exclusion.

Young displaced Haitian women train in fashion design

Haitian seamstresses

Over 500,000 people in Haiti are still living in displaced camps in areas affected by the earthquake. Many of them have no jobs, and no way to earn and income. The majority are women and young girls. To help them support themselves and their families, the UN is helping young women in the camps to become seamstresses. Some of them are already working for a top fashion designer in Haiti.

Producer: Jocelyne Sambira
Duration: 10'00"

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