Global effort needed to stop FGM/C says UNFPA head

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Female genital mutilation or cutting, also known as FGM/C, refers to several different harmful practices involving the cutting of the female genitals. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that at least 120 million girls and women have experienced FGM in 29 countries.  UN Member States on December 20, 2012 approved a draft resolution aimed at ending this harmful practice. Fewer girls are now subjected to this life threatening practice, according to new data released on the International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. UN Radio's May Yaacoub spoke to Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) who says he's happy about the General Assembly resolution as "it elevates this issue to a point where we would have a global concern and global concentrated effort to try and stop this odious and totally unnecessary practice in the world”.

Human Rights Commissioner welcomes Indian movement to eradicate 'manual scavenging'

Manual scavenger

Manual scavenging is a very old practice in India usually done by Dalit women, a group of people traditionally regarded as untouchables. This degrading practice is not a career that the Dalits embrace, according to a human rights spokesperson, but it is a job that they inherited from their parents and usually passed on to their children. A bill was adopted in India recently to eradicate manual scavenging and the UN human rights commissioner applauded this move. Beng Poblete-Enriquez discussed this issue with Cecile Pouilly, spokesperson for the Human Rights Commissioner in Geneva.

Forest Whitaker talks to a young orphan girl about her dreams of becoming a peace-builder

Forest Whitaker talking to Akello Silvy Micky

Forest Whitaker, an American actor and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador led workshops on peace-building and conflict resolution at Hope North, in northern Uganda in December 2012.  Hope North is a rehabilitation campus in Masinde where refugees, orphans and former child soldiers rebuild their lives through education and vocational training. Thirty young people between the ages of 15 and 25 years were selected from different districts in northern Uganda to attend the workshops. One of the participants, Akello Silvy Micky, a young orphan girl impressed Forest Whitaker with her great sense of humour. In this interview, he talks to her about her dreams of becoming a peace-builder.

Presenter: Beng Poblete-Enriquez

Duration: 10'00"

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