Celebrating one year of UN Women

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Michelle Bachelet

Training women conflict mediators in countries in Africa and Asia, helping ethnic Moroccan women to inherit property, and creating "safe spaces" for schoolgirls in Zambia. These are just some of the successes of UN Women, which celebrates its first anniversary this month. Agency chief Michelle Bachelet recently outlined her six-point plan for 2012. It focuses on the political and economic empowerment, as well as efforts to combat gender-based violence and expand women's role in conflict resolution.

WHO addresses geographical difference in women's cancers

Cancer screening

There's a clear geographical distinction when it comes to cancer and women. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), breast cancer is more common in industrialized countries while cervical cancer overwhelming affects women in the developing world. Cervical cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV, which is sexually transmitted. It has a low cure rate. February 4 is World Cancer Day and WHO's Dr. Andreas Ullrich explains why a woman's access to cancer care makes all the difference.

Female volunteer network brings life-saving services to rural Nepal

Health clinic in Nepal

A network of 50,000 women is helping Nepal to make great strides in health care. The Female Community Health Volunteers, or FCHVs as they are known, bring essential health services and medicine to remote areas of the country. They are supported by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). John Brittain, UNICEF's chief of communications in Nepal, talks about the vital role these women are playing, including in driving down child mortality rates.

Presenter: Dianne Penn Editor:
Daniel Dickinson
Duration: 10'00"

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