WOMEN: Gender equality and women empowerment priority for development

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Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Gender equality and women's empowerment are prerequisites for sustainable development.  So says Lakshmi Puri, the Deputy Executive Director of UN Women. Speaking in Nairobi, Kenya at the inaugural meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), she said it was crucial to invest more in women.   UNEA is a new world body that places environmental issues at the heart of international affairs.

Education plays key role in ending domestic violence, rape

Paulette Forbes-Igharo, the UN representative for Soroptimist International

A lot of the violence directed at women is accepted as "normal" behaviour in some societies.  That's according to Paulette Forbes-Igharo, the UN representative for Soroptimist International, a global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through social and economic empowerment.   She's found that domestic violence and rape become common occurrences in places where these crimes are not "frowned upon".

Educating girls key to sustainable economic development

A young Pakistani girl reading a book. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Education can help fight poverty and educating girls, in particular, can contribute to sustainable development, according to the former Prime Minister of Australia.   Ms Julia Gillard, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), was speaking at a high profile conference on the future of global education in the world's poorest countries. GPE held its second Replenishment Pledging Conference in Brussels, the capital of Belgium on 25 and 26 June.   World leaders are being urged to support a fund that would allow children in the poorest countries to attend primary school over the next four years.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira

Production Assistant: Florence Poblete-Enriquez

Duration: 10'00"


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