Maternal deaths drop by nearly half over the past 20 years

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The number of women worldwide dying from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth has dropped by nearly half over the past two decades: from 543,000 in 1990 to 287,000 in 2010. However, many countries, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, are unlikely to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal deaths by 75 per cent before the deadline of 2015. Dr. Yves Bergevin is the Senior Maternal Health Adviser with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). He talks about what is behind this success and which challenges still remain.

UN expert supports women's fight for justice in Colombia

Margot Wallström, SRSG for sexual violence in conflict, hears NGOs claims for justice and end of impunity in Colombia

Margot Wallström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for sexual violence, this week began a four-day mission to Colombia on behalf of women who were violated during the decades of conflict in the country. Wallström said one of the biggest problems women face is threats from illegal armed groups discouraging them from pursuing justice for these crimes. Public servants investigating charges of sexual violence have also been intimidated, she added.

Singer Rachelle Jeanty represents Haitian pride at concert honouring slave trade victims

Rachelle Jeanty

Rachelle Jeanty has performed alongside artists such as Celine Dion and Johnny Halliday. But regardless of the type of music she sings, Jeanty says her Haitian heritage is always an influence. With Haiti being the first nation in the Americas to achieve independence, Jeanty was especially proud to participate in a concert at the UN this week honouring the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Assistant Producer: Florence Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10'00"

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