Child soldier risk high in West and Central Africa

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child soldier demobilization

The United Nations Children's Agency, UNICEF, is warning that instability and conflict in West and Central Africa is increasing the chances of children once again being recruited as child soldiers. This could potentially wipe out the gains made last year when thousands of child soldiers were demobilized in parts of region according to UNICEF. Joachim Theis, UNICEF's West and Central Africa Child Protection Advisor discuses how the issue is impacting young girls in different ways than boys.

Ivorian women grow new breed of rice to beat poverty

farmers in Côte d'Ivoire trained to grow quality rice seeds

In northern Cote d'Ivoire, women farmers are playing a key role in reducing poverty. They are members of a cooperative, where they grow high quality rice seeds. These seeds are helping them double their yield and reap huge profits. Not only are they living better with their families, but they are also becoming more independent in a country where women grow over half the food, but rely on men for access to land.

Women's empowerment through sustainability initiatives

empowering women who head households

Fashion brands Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent are discovering that empowering women through sustainability initiatives is good business. The parent company of the two French luxury goods brands, PPR, says it's all part of building businesses that meet the needs of an evolving society. That includes motivating the company and its customers to be aware of the various social issues that go into sustainable consumerism. Helen Crowley, the Conservation and Ecosystem Service Specialist at PPR Home, discusses how empowering women really makes a difference in the world.

Presenter: Julie Walker

Duration: 10'00"

Filed under Women.
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