Combating violence against indigenous women and girls

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Wayuu children are pictured inside a classroom in the village of Pessuapa, Colombia.

Indigenous women and girls suffer a disproportionate amount of gender related violence, according to a report from experts gathered at the UN for the 11th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. They are calling on governments and UN agencies to support strategies to combat the problem. They also want to see more involvement between the indigenous communities and law enforcement, as well as better data collection on the issue.

Child bride sentence handed down in Afghanistan

Young Girls Prepare for Exams in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, the minimum age for marriage is 16, but UN Women estimates half of all girls marry before age 15. The UN Children's Fund, which has been working to end the practice, says child brides represent the most prevalent form of sexual abuse and exploitation of girls. Just recently the in-laws of an Afghanistan child bride who was tortured were sentenced to ten years in jail for human rights violations.

UNAIDS campaign helps mothers with HIV and AIDS

Celebrities including Naomi Watts and Annie Lennox, both Goodwill Ambassadors and Whoopi Goldberg, have joined UNAIDS in its new “Believe it. Do it.” campaign aimed at preventing new HIV infections in children by 2015.UNAIDS says the campaign also aims to ensure that women living with HIV stay healthy through pregnancy, delivery and breast-feeding.

Presenter: Julie Walker
Assistant Producer: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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