Changing harmful social norms that fuel violence against womenListen /
For ages masculinity has been equated with power, toughness and the suppression of one's emotions, according to the UN Population Fund. The notion of what it means to be a "man" may have contributed to risky behaviours, sometimes deepening gender inequalities, the agency adds. But a new initiative led by the Institute of Development Studies in Sussex, Britain, is helping men change these harmful social norms to become staunch allies of women's rights.
Educating girls in Sudan to build a better country
By bringing more girls off the streets and into the classroom, South Darfur — like the country as a whole — has much to gain. Harnessing this human potential could make all the difference in ensuring Sudan meets the many challenges that confront it. The UN Children's Fund is working hand-in hand with the government and other partners to boost the number of girls in school. UNICEF says a girl who is educated will be a better mother, will send her girls to school and they will have healthier lives and contribute more to society.
African women's network advocates for reproductive health services
With maternal and infant mortality rates still high in Africa, a group of concerned women leaders and activists from across the continent are calling for increased availability of family planning and reproductive health services. The African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning (AWLN) is participating in the latest session of the Commission on the Status of Women at UN Headquarters in New York.
Presenter: Julie Walker