African women need better jobs, says the World Bank

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Harvesting coffee in Kenya

Women in Africa are much more likely to work than those in any other region of the world, according to Mary Hallward-Driemeier, an economist at the World Bank. But they still find it difficult to make a decent living because of the kind of work they are doing. In the following interview with David Schulman of the International Monetary Fund, Ms. Hallward-Driemeier says the amount of income a woman earns depends on the kind of work she is doing. And African women are disproportionately involved in the business of self-employment.

Violence against women remains unacceptably high, says UN human rights chief

The problem of violence against women was a subject of discussion in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Each year, the Council devotes a full day on the most pressing women's rights issues. In this year's discussion, participants took stock of what has been done to end violence against women in the past two decades. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay described violence against women as "the most pervasive expression of gender-based discrimination."

Sami reindeer herders attend Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues


The Samis call northern Scandinavia their home. They are an indigenous people whose origins go back some 11,000 years. Reindeer herding is central to their culture. The Norwegian Reindeer Herding Samis Association was represented at the recent session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues by two young women — Berit Marie Lise Eira, leader of the organization’s youth committee and Eva Jaama, a member. They both spoke to me about reindeer and the threat herders face in Norway.

Presenter: Gerry Adams
Duration: 10'00"


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