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Investing in women's entrepreneurial leadership and the empowerment of women is smart economics says the head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP). Noeleen Heyzer spoke from Phnom Penh, Cambodia where she met with senior policy makers and women business leaders on Wednesday. Dr. Heyzer talks to UN Radio's Gail Walker about how the global financial crisis has forced Cambodia to look at new and creative ways to boost its economy.
Rice farming provides livelihood to elderly woman in Madagascar
Abeline Razanamamy is an elderly widow living in central Madagascar. She is determined not to rely on anybody else for her survival. She’s maintained her independence by growing rice… a lot of rice. In this report she speaks to Declan McCormack of The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) about a technique called the System for Rice Intensification, or SRI, which has more than doubled her yield.
More work is needed to support women's empowerment: UN Women
Women in many parts of the world are still not equal to men despite progress that has been made in promoting gender equality. That's the view of Dr. Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women which was created two years ago to promote the cause of women. The former President of Chile spoke to UN Radio's Monica Grayley about the importance of women's visibility and how UN Women is working to strengthen the role of women.
Presenter: Gail Walker
Assistant Producer: Florence Poblete-Enriquez