Secretary-General appoints new head of UN Women

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

The United Nations Secretary-General has appointed Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka of South Africa as Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women). She replaces Ms. Michelle Bachelet who spearheaded the Organization's work on gender equality and the empowerment of women at the global, regional and country levels. Dianne Penn reports.

Tackling inequality is at the heart of the UN sustainable development agenda: Ban

Women carry drinking water in Bangladesh.

The Millennium Development Goals have been remarkably successful in generating global action across a range of issues, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He cited examples such as lifting 600 million people out of extreme poverty, to more people having access to improved sources of water and to putting more children, especially girls, in school among other things. Ban Ki-moon laments that the gap in social and economic inequalities is widening in many countries, both rich and poor and large disparities remain in access to health and education services between the richest and poorest households.

An Ethiopian women's rights activist's thirst for education

School girls in Ethiopia

Education for girls is not a priority in her country Ethiopia, says Bogaletch Gebre, a women's rights activist, stressing that their priority is taking care of the family and household chores. When she was 6 or 7 years old, an opportunity presented itself where an educated female relative came to visit and taught her the Amharic alphabet. "Overnight, I finished the 260 some characters", recounts Bogaletch, adding that "the next day these characters started dancing in my head and nothing could stop me". Beng Poblete-Enriquez sat down with Bogaletch as she explained her quest for an education.

Presenter: Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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