WOMEN: Strategic moment for women in setting of future development goals

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CSW meeting.UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Activists from around the world have been at the United Nations in New York over the past two weeks to advocate for the inclusion of gender issues in new development goals.  The new poverty targets will replace the Millennium Development Goals the deadline for which is the end of 2015. Non-governmental organisations are pushing for a specific goal on gender equality and human rights and have been busy in the corridors of the UN building lobbying world governments for change.  Daniel Dickinson asked Francoise Girard from the International Women’s Health Coalition about the importance of the CSW.

Indigenous women bid to influence post-2015 development agenda

Chanda Thapa

Indigenous women in Asia should be given a key role in deciding the future path of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, according to a rights group in the region.  Indigenous women from around the world recently gathered at the annual Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York, to advocate for their needs. They say they face multiple forms of discrimination and often face domestic violence and sexual abuse. Chanda Thapa from the Magar peoples of Nepal, represents Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, a regional organisation supporting indigenous women.  Daniel Dickinson asked her what specific issues she had raised at the Commission.

People with albinism call for way to promote their rights

Ikponwosa Ero (left) in the UN Human Rights Council

People with albinism are facing a "unique" and "complicated" situation that needs special policies and laws. That's the view of a person with albinism and International Advocate Officer for a non-governmental organization called Under the Same Sun which protects the rights of people with albinism. Ikponwosa Ero who is originally from Nigeria and now lives in Canada says that many governments are now recognizing and promoting the rights of people with albinism.  She says people with albinism support a proposal before the UN Human Rights Council to establish a mechanism which would address and help promote the rights of people with albinism. UN Radio's Patrick Maigua caught up with Ms. Ero who first recalled her experiences as a child.

Presenter: Stephanie Coutrix
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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