WOMEN: New rights treaty "empowers" children to stand for their rights

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A new treaty allowing children to file a complaint directly to the UN about alleged violations of their rights was signed into law on Monday by ten countries. A panel discussion was held at the UN Secretariat in New York to celebrate the event. Ms. Elda Moreno, Special Assistant to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence said this treaty "empowers" children. Speaking to Jocelyne Sambira, Ms. Moreno said it's also important that children and those who work with children are aware of the existence of this protocol.

Victims of domestic violence need employment to restart their lives

A shelter for victims of domestic violence in Kosovo is trying to connect women with sustainable employment so they can restart their lives. The Liria shelter, in the town of Gjilan, looks after survivors whose circumstances are often tragic. Violence against women in Kosovo is a widespread problem, with 48 per cent of women saying it is okay for their husbands to hit them, according to a UN survey in 2008. Some attitudes have shifted since then, but the situation today is far from resolved. Nazife Jonuzi, the founder and head of Liria, feels that Kosovo's society has come a long way.

South Sudan Women unite for peace

Women in South Sudan are calling on the Government and armed opposition groups to stop fighting and make peace. The country has been beset by conflict since last December leading to the displacement of a million people. In times of conflict, it is generally women who suffer most. In South Sudan, they are joining a national platform for reconciliation in an attempt to halt the fighting. Regina Gorle asked Norah Zangabeyo, a Member of South Sudan Women Leaders for Peace, what she hoped to achieve.

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

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