WOMEN: "Corrective rape" should be recognized as a hate crime, says advocate

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“Corrective rape” is a huge problem in South Africa, according to the director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC). Lesbians or gay men are often the targets of this crime, also called punitive rape, as a way of "curing" or "punishing" them for their sexual orientation. In the past 10 years in South Africa, 31 lesbian women were brutally raped and murdered, says Shehnilla Mohamed. She was in New York for consultations ahead of September's UN High Level debate on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) issues. Speaking to Jocelyne Sambira, Ms Mohamed said her organization was pushing for “corrective rape” to be recognized as a hate crime.

Mobile phones connecting women across South Sudan

Rebecca Joshua Okwaci (ITU video capture)

The growth of the mobile phone sector in South Sudan is connecting women across the country and is contributing to gender equality, according to a senior government official. Despite poor infrastructure and low internet band width, Africa's newest country is hoping that mobile phones can also be used for so-called "e-education"…that's learning through the electronic media. Paul Conneally asked Rebecca Joshua Okwaci, Minister of Telecommunications & Postal Services in South Sudan about the challenges the country faces.

Women in Grenada benefiting from agricultural development programme


Women from Grenada play a critical role in the agricultural sector of the small island but lack resources to sustain their business, according to the manager of a rural development programme. Byron Campbell, who overseas this government project called MAREP—Market Access And Rural Enterprise Development Programme—receives funding form the International Fund for Agricultural Development. He says MAREP offers loans, training, and entrepreneurial exposure to women. Paulina Kubiak met Mr Campbell on the sidelines of a climate conference in Samoa and asked him about the programme's strategy.

Presenter: Stephanie Coutrix
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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