Women help lead the way in Rwanda's transformation

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orphaned children in Rwanda

Rwandans have been working tirelessly to rebuild their country since the 1994 genocide. Since then, the country has become one of the fastest growing economies on the African continent. Furthermore, women have now come to the forefront of national politics, making Rwanda the world's leader in the number of women parliamentarians.

The advancement of women in Rwandan society is told in a documentary-style video launched by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). It was produced by award-winning filmmaker Zak Mulligan who lent his services pro-bono. Satinder Bindra, UNDP Spokesperson and Director of Communications, narrates this feature adapted from the video.

Promoting women's participation in sports from the school yard to the Olympics

Wilfried Lemke

Olympic fever is building around the world with athletes and fans preparing for two weeks of sport, fellowship and record-breaking achievements.

Even before the opening ceremony in London on 27 July, the 2012 Olympics are cause for celebration as three countries—Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei—are sending women athletes to the games for the first time.

Wilfried Lemke, UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, talks to me about this decision and the role sports can play in promoting gender equality both on and off the playing field.

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

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