New guidelines will help post-conflict mediators address rape and sexual violence

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Margot Wallström

While rape and other forms of sexual violence have been used as a weapon of war, ceasefire agreements and peace accords signed in the aftermath of fighting rarely make mention of these crimes. Margot Wallström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Sexual Violence in Conflict, wants this to change. Together with the UN Department of Political Affairs, she has launched a set of guidelines for mediators to address this scourge.

South Sudanese woman wearing beads

South Sudanese women design their own future with aid of fashion non-profit

In South Sudan, women are creating the future—in their own fashion. Through a non-profit called The Roots Project, they are preserving traditional arts like beading while at the same time providing for their families.

Rural women in the Himalayas are making their voices heard

Indian woman farmer

Women living in India's Himalayan mountain ranges are gaining control over their natural resources and their lives by utilizing their local wisdom. The Community Awareness Centre (AADHAR) is a grassroots organization that seeks to empower these rural women by documenting, protecting and promoting their indigenous knowledge. AADHAR's Reetu Sogani who was recently in New York for a UN meeting on the status of women, has been researching the traditional knowledge in the Himalayas for the past eight years. She told Jocelyne Sambira how these women are improving their economic status and making their voices heard.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Asst. Prod.:  Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10'00"

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