WOMEN: Gender equality promoted on UN's World Radio Day

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© UNESCO/Al-Amin Yusuph

Radio broadcasting is being promoted as a key way to promote gender equality and women's empowerment around the world.

On World Radio Day on Thursday, the UN's cultural organization, UNESCO, is raising awareness of the power of radio to promote access to information and the freedom of expression as a means to boost equality.

The medium continues to be the most accessible source of news and information across the developing world.

WRD – Theresia Makungu from midwife to radio personality

© UNESCO/Al-Amin Yusuph

Theresia Makungu came a long way from being a midwife and a founder of an NGO to a radio personality.

Now she not only manages a local radio for people in the villages to know their rights, but also encourages women to discuss and share their business experience through radio.

Ms. Makungu shared her story on World Radio Day (WRD).

States urged to change negative stereotypes of women

Dubravka Šimonović

Countries around the world are being urged to change the negative stereotypes of women which persist in male-dominated cultures.

The call has come from a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women which is currently holding its 57th session in Geneva.

The session is reviewing reports from seven countries on their progress on ending all political, economic, social and cultural forms of discrimination against women.

Patrick Maigua asked Dubravka Šimonović a Committee member from Croatia, about the main forms of discrimination that are being examined.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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