Mali: Shea tree empowers women

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women gathering fruits of the shea tree

Many women in Mali know all about the benefits of the shea tree. They've been gathering its fruit for years to produce soaps and various products to sell. Now, production hovers at 80,000 tons per year – but it has the potential to reach 250,000 tons and improve lives.

Senegalese women rewrite their future thanks to UNESCO and Procter & Gamble literacy partnership

Two women of the Sowame village preparing their lesson before class © UNESCO/Anne Müller

The Sowame village of about 500 inhabitants is one of the first villages in Senegal to benefit from a new literacy project launched by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the multinational firm Procter & Gamble. Under the slogan “Rewrite the future”, the two year project aims to educate about 10,000 girls and women from 15 to 55 in seven different regions of Senegal.

Human trafficking is taking place in South Sudan

An IOM staff assists young girls to safely leave the barge © IOM Samantha Donkin)

Human trafficking, says the United Nations, is the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them. Human trafficking is taking place in one of the world's newest nations, South Sudan. Two teenage girls who were abducted by human traffickers were returned to their native Kenya, in the first case of its kind to be documented by the International Organization for Migration, (IOM)  in South Sudan.

Presenter: Geraldine Adams
Assistant Producer: Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10'00"

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