WOMEN: FGM: a "severe" form of violence against women

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Abandoning female genital mutilation and cutting in the Fouta of Senegal. UNFPA

Female Genital Mutilation or FGM is a violation of a person's rights, a form of "control over women" and a procedure which causes "irreversible and life-long" physical damage.  Those are the words of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, when she condemned the practice during a recent high-level panel in Geneva.   According to the UN Children's Fund, more than 125 million girls and women have been subjected to the practice in 29 countries with the highest prevalence rate.   Jocelyne Sambira has more.

Gender equality one of "most pressing" development challenges facing India

Two young mothers learning to write in a literacy class in India. UN Photo

Ensuring gender equality is one of the "most pressing" development challenges facing India, according to the United Nations' most senior representative in the country.  India currently ranks 136 out of 186 countries in the UN's Gender Inequality Index.   Low political representation, high unemployment and deep-rooted prejudice against women are all issues which need tackling according to Lise Grande, the UN Resident Coordinator in the country.   Daniel Dickinson began by asking her what it is like to be a woman in India in 2014.

"Safe blood for saving mothers".

Safe blood needed to save mothers: WHO

On World Blood Donor Day observed 14 June, the World Health Organization has called for improved access to safe blood in order to save the lives of mothers.   The agency maintains that providing safe and adequate supplies of blood and blood products should be an integral part of every country’s efforts to improve maternal health.   A mobile blood drive hosted at the UN Secretariat in New York received a high turnout on Friday.

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant: Beng Poblete-Enriquez


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