WOMEN: People cannot "turn blind eye" to sexual violence in conflict: UN envoy

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Zainab Hawa Bangura. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

People have a responsibility to take action against sexual violence in conflict and not "turn a blind eye".  That's what the UN Special Envoy on sexual violence in conflict said ahead of Tuesday's Global Summit in London on the issue. Last year, two-thirds or 149 UN Member States signed a "Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict" introduced by Ms Zainab Hawa Bangura and the United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary.   Ms Bangura shared with Jocelyne Sambira her efforts to get these countries to reach a "global understanding" on how to stop this war crime.

HIV-positive women encouraged to breastfeed to protect babies

A mother and child at a family planning clinic in Malaysia. UN Photo 106536

HIV-positive mothers around the world are being told that breastfeeding can help to protect their babies from HIV infection and keep themselves and their families healthy.  The World Health Organization recommends that a woman exclusively breastfeeds during the first six months of her baby’s life. Breast milk gives infants the nutrients they need for healthy development and protects them from common illnesses. A woman who is HIV-positive can also breastfeed, as long as she and her baby are taking their antiretroviral medication correctly.   Nonhlanhla Dubazane, a woman living with HIV in South Africa has shared her inspirational story.

South Sudan struggles to support safe delivery for displaced mothers

Mothers sit with their infants outside a hospital in Boma, South Sudan. UN Photo/Martine Perret

Before the current conflict erupted in South Sudan, the country already had one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, according to the UN Children's Fund or UNICEF.   Now, with the displacement of more 1.3 million people, the chances for a pregnant woman to deliver safely are getting slimmer. In the port town of Mingkaman, in Awerial country, where many people have taken refuge, UNICEF has established an ante-natal clinic.

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

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