UN expert on sexual violence in conflict welcomes UK initiative to combat this crime

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Margot Wallström (right) meeting with survivors in the eastern Congo.

The United Kingdom's decision to establish a special rapid deployment unit that will collect evidence of rape and other sexual violence in conflict areas has been welcomed by a senior UN official. Margot Wallström, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sexual Violence in Conflict, said measures like this will help build a strong case for the eventual prosecution of such crimes.

Comic book helps Haitian women and girls find their way to career success

Comic book

Two men are literally sketching out a better future for women and girls in Haiti. Mike Charles, a script writer, and Chevelin Pierre, an illustrator, are behind a new comic book that encourages Haitian women and girls to go after the career of their dreams. It tells the story of classmates Florans and Deniz who fight stereotypes that say certain jobs are for men only. The comic is the latest in a series known as "Chimen Lakay," which is Haitian Creole for "The Way Home," that has been produced by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

International Peacekeepers Day recognizes blue helmets' commitment to changing the world

Peacekeepers

The contributions of the 120,000 "blue helmets" serving at UN operations worldwide are remembered every year on 29 May, the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. Captain Rachel Kagia of Kenya is a military observer, or "mil ob," at the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Assistant Producer: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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