Experts aim to stamp out violence against women and girls with disabilities

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Commission on the Status of Women

The latest session of the Commission on the Status of Women concluded this month with an outcome document that calls for increased attention and accelerated action to prevent and respond to violence against women.

A panel discussion during the two-week event looked at the issue of violence against women and girls with disabilities.

Michelle Bachelet to step down as head of UN Women

Ms. Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women

After nearly three years at the helm of UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and women’s empowerment, Michelle Bachelet has informed the Secretary-General of her intention to step down.

Mr. Ban says he is determined to build on the "stellar legacy" of the former Chilean president and long time advocate of women's rights, whose accomplishments include a new understanding that women’s empowerment must be at the core of the UN’s work.

Women's stories of hope and courage on World Down Syndrome Day

Mary Quinn, 14, celebrates World Down Syndrome Day at the UN

Kathleen Quinn believes her five children all have the right to a decent education and the chance to pursue jobs they love.

She and her youngest child, Mary, who has Down syndrome, were at the United Nations for events marking the celebration of World Down Syndrome Day on 21 March.

Mrs. Quinn says all people with Down syndrome have basic rights that must be ensured.

Presenter: Dianne Penn

Duration: 10'00"

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