WOMEN: "International sisterhood" for five women on Security Council

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Joy Ogwu, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The Security Council has been described as an "international sisterhood" by one of the five women ambassadors currently serving on the United Nations body.  For the first time in the history of the Council, women occupy five of the 15 seats.  Ambassador Joy Ogwu of Nigeria is one of them. She hopes that one day women will make up the majority.  In the latest of our interviews with the women ambassadors Elisabeth Philip began by asking Ms Ogwu what it is like to serve on the Council.

Global discrepancies in levels of well-being persist

Fatima Abdala, from Barakutili, South Darfur. UN Photo/Albert González Farran

Discrepancies in the levels of well-being for people across the world persist 20 years after a landmark conference on population issues, according to a senior United Nations population expert. Those measures of well-being include issues that affect women like fertility and child mortality. The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) was held in Cairo in September 1994 and broke new ground in putting the rights of the individual first. Helen Daun Rosengren asked John Wilmoth, Director of the UN's Department of Economic and Social affairs’ Population Division, what has changed over the past two decades.

Women shepherds in Somaliland determined to change their odds

Sarah, a Somali shepherd (UN in Action – video capture)

Water is a central concern year round in Somaliland, a self-declared autonomous state in northern Somalia. Over a third of households in Somaliland's urban areas do not have access to clean drinking water and the proportion is far higher in rural areas, the UN says. Beerato is a major watering hole for surrounding villages, when drought isn't severe. A project financed by the UN Democracy Fund, UNDEF, is helping rural women there change their odds for survival. Daljit Dhaliwal reports.

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

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