WOMEN: Outgoing UN envoy for South Sudan: women can perform same roles as men

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Hilde F. Johnson. UN Photo/Martine Perret

Having a woman in charge of one of the larger United Nations peacekeeping operations with a significant military component is important, according to South Sudan's UN envoy. Completing her three year term in office, Ms Hilde Johnson says it helps to show that a woman can take on difficult challenges on an equal footing as men. A crisis exploded in December last year following a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his then deputy, Riek Machar. Opening the gates of the UN compound to give shelter to civilians fleeing for their lives was her greatest achievement during that term, Ms Johnson said. Although there will be "incredible" challenges going forward, she told Elizabeth Philips, she believed she made the right decision.  

Record number of women serve on the UN Security Council

Sylvie Lucas. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

History was made in the UN Security Council in 2014 with a record number of women serving on the 15-member body. A total of five female ambassadors are serving throughout the year, four as rotating members of the Council and one, the US ambassador, as a permanent member. Sylvie Lucas is the Ambassador of Luxembourg. Elizabeth Philip asked her about her first one-month stint as President of the Security Council.

Educating girls key to sustainable economic development – Part II

UN Photo/Tobin Jones

A pledging conference to support global education has recently raised a record $28.5 billion from both donor and developing countries. The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) held its second Replenishment Pledging Conference in Brussels, the capital of Belgium on 25 and 26 June. The additional funds will help increase education resources for tens of millions of children from 60 developing countries. Ms. Julia Gillard, Board Chair of the GPE and former Prime Minister of Australia spoke to UNICEF’s Mia Lobel about why the GPE model is so successful.

Presenter: Sophie Outhwaite
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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