Global Alliance against Female Genital Mutilation works toward FGM eradicationListen /
According to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) female genital mutilation has been around since the time of the pharaohs. FGM, as it is called, is a procedure that intentionally alters or causes injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons, reports the World Health Organization (WHO). The procedure can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections and infertility. Complications in childbirth and an increased risk of newborn deaths are also known to have occurred. The non-governmental organization Global Alliance against Female Genital Mutilation wants to put an end to FGM. Gerry Adams spoke to Holger Postulart and Elisabeth Wilson, co-founders of the Global Alliance, about the organization's activities, particularly its efforts to involve men.
Maternal shelters reduce child mortality rates in Kenya
The world cheered when it was announced that global child mortality rates had fallen by nearly half over the past two decades: from more than 12 million a year in 1990 to 7.6 million in 2010.
Still, thousands of children die every day before even making it to their fifth birthday. To ensure that infants and toddlers everywhere get the chance to grow up in a healthy way, countries have been mobilizing efforts to slash child mortality rates even further. Dianne Penn reports about an example from Kenya, where maternal shelters are part of the strategy to keep newborns and mothers safe.
Violence against women reaching alarming proportions: Special Rapporteur
The killings of women, whether in the family, the community, or perpetrated by the state, are reaching alarming proportions, according Rashida Manjoo, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women. Gerry Adams reports.
Presenter: Geraldine Adams
Assistant Producer: Beng Poblete-Enriquez