Model Alek Wek inspired after visit to South Sudan refugee camps

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Alek Wek, standing at back, dances with children in South Sudan

Supermodel Alek Wek is famous for gracing international magazine covers and sashaying down the catwalk for Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and other top designers. But as a former refugee, she is also a strong supporter of the work of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

Alek Wek returned home to South Sudan in July to mark the country's first anniversary of independence and to visit UNHCR projects there. UNHCR's Charity Tooze accompanied Wek, who fled to the United Kingdom as a child and now lives in the USA.

UNFPA encourages Indian mothers to value baby girls

Young mother at Cama Hospital in Mumbai, India.

The birth of a child is usually a happy occasion, but the UN Population Fund reports that in some societies, for example in South Asia, sons are valued over daughters, resulting in millions of baby girls going "missing."

UNFPA says technologies have made it possible for families to determine the sex of unborn babies, which could lead to harmful and unethical practices when boys are preferred over girls. Hani Shawwa reports on how women in India are being taught to embrace the idea of having daughters.

Delivering support to pregnant women in Syria crisis

Syrian mother and baby

With men preferring to remain behind and fight, women and children comprise the majority of Syrians on the run from the ongoing violence in the country, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

UNFPA recently received an $800,000 grant through the UN's Central Emergency Response Fund to support its work with pregnant women caught in the conflict. Representative Leila Baker discusses the particular issues facing these women, in addition to the anxiety of awaiting the birth of their babies.

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

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