The late Mandela: strong advocate of women's empowerment

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka meets with Nelson Mandela. Photo: Noah Selowe

Paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director, said the late icon “was like a father” to her and many others.

Using his clan nickname, “Madiba” she said Mandela was an ardent supporter of women’s rights.

Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka shared with UN Radio’s Derrick Mbatha what the late leader did to promote women's empowerment.

Afghanistan still has 'A Way to Go' in tackling violence against women: UN report

Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW law)

Implementation of a landmark law in Afghanistan on the Elimination of Violence against Women has been slow and uneven, according to a UN human rights report released this week.

Entitled 'A Way to Go,' it finds that although more reports of violence against women are being registered with the authorities, prosecutions and convictions remain low.

Dianne Penn has the story.

Somali women call for greater role in politics and access to justice

The UN Mission in Somalia hosted the Women and Peace Security Open Day

In Somalia, a country once described as "one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman", an important conversation is taking place.

The political marginalization of women and their exclusion from the decision-making process was tackled at an event entitled "Women, Peace and Security" Open Day.

Dignitaries and women representatives of grassroots organizations and umbrella organizations from Somalia, Puntland and Somaliland, were in attendance. So was President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud of Somalia.

Producer: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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