WOMEN: World War II "comfort women" in Japan need justice, reparations

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Devastation of World War II (NICA ID: 84791)

Women who were used as sex slaves by the Japanese army during the Second World War need justice and reparations for what they have endured. That's what United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on Wednesday as she made the appeal once again for an effective resolution of the issue. Instead of justice, the High Commissioner said, the women were facing increasing denials and degrading remarks by public figures in Japan. Her Spokesperson, Ravina Shamdasani told Patrick Maigua that the issue is current, because these so-called "comfort women" continue to be victimized.

"No correlation between being a woman and what you stand for": Power

Samantha Power, United States Permanent Representative to the UN. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

People should be careful about making correlations between being a woman and what you stand for. That's what the United States Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power told Paulina Kubiak for a series on the significance of women serving on the UN Security Council. Women ambassadors in the Council do not vote in unison because they are there to represent their governments and national interests. Ambassador Power said when she does push for a gender approach, like the inclusion of more women in peacekeeping, it's because her country supports it. She began sharing what it felt like to make "history" because for the first time, a record number of women are participating in the Security Council.

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Early marriage in Jordan shows no signs of abating: UNICEF

One third of all marriages in Jordan involve girls under the age of 18, a new UNICEF study has found. These newly released figures show that there has been no or little progress in reducing the number of early marriages. Jordanian law puts the legal minimum age of marriage for boys and girls at 18. But among Syrian refugees living in Jordan, the rate is increasing rapidly. The main reason behind this trend, says the Chief of Child Protection in UNICEF/Amman is for protection from sexual assault, harassment and sometimes to get out of poverty. Speaking to Basma Baghall, Ms Maha Homsi gave more details about the study.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira

Production Assistant: Beng Poblete-Enriquez

Duration: 10'00"

 

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