WOMEN: Jordan's most famous nurse brings hope to Syrian refugees

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Mama Munira. UNTV (video capture)

Syrian refugees who have escaped the violence in their conflict-torn country and now live in the Za’atari camp in Jordan are getting a helping hand from the country's most famous nurse and midwife. Munira Sha’ban affectionately known as "Mama Munira" is well known for her involvement in projects for family planning and giving women business and professional skills. She came out of retirement after being hired by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). May Yaacoub caught up with "Mama Munira" who was at the UN to participate in a high level event on women and children.

Malawi needs to bring maternal health services closer to moms

UN Photo/Mark Garten

Labour and delivery rooms in Malawi are too far away for most pregnant women, putting their lives and their newborn babies' lives at risk. That's according to Dr Mary Shawa, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Affair of Malawi. The UN Secretary-General recently held a special event for partners of his global Every Women, Every Child programme. Since it was launched 4 years ago, it now boasts over 300 partners. It aims to bring an end to the preventable deaths of mothers and children everywhere. Ms Shawa began by telling Jocelyne Sambira she was pleased by the generous contributions made by several countries at the event.

School for indigenous women helps develop leadership skills

UN Photo/Loey Felipe

A learning programme for indigenous women is helping human rights activists develop strong leadership skills. Aehshatou Manu, who is from the Mbororo Pastoralist community of Cameroon, says she has built new advocacy skills through the "Global Leadership School for Indigenous Women". Twenty-one women are selected to participate each year. Stephanie Coutrix spoke with Ms Manu, who says she is very motivated to help raise the literacy rate in her community.

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

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