WOMEN: Gender needs of women in prison not taken into account

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Women's prison in Pétionville, Haiti. UN Photo/Victoria Hazou

Women in prison experience more difficult conditions than men, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjo.  She said women in jail sometimes have to trade sex for basic necessities, they experience inappropriate touching, and their privacy in bathrooms is often violated.  Stephanie Coutrix asked Ms Manjoo about the investigations she leads worldwide to uncover situations in which women are victims of violence.

Teenage girl in South Sudan struggles as head of family

Adut (UNHCR video capture)

The conflict that broke out in South Sudan between government and opposition forces in December 2013 continues to take its toll on innocent civilians.  The conflict has not only displaced thousands of people who have lost their homes and livelihoods, it has also robbed children of their childhood.  One of them is 17-year old Adut who lost her parents and has now taken on the role of mom and dad for her young siblings.  Edith Champagne reports.

Ambassador Hahn Choong-hee, UN Photo/Mark Garten

Korea urges Japan to take responsibility for "comfort women" issue

The Republic of Korea has called on Japan to acknowledge its army forced thousands of women to work as wartime sex slaves.  Many of these so-called "comfort women" are getting older and have yet to receive any justice or reparation.  Korea's Deputy Ambassdor to the UN, Hahn Choong-hee says it's an issue of humanity and human dignity.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira

Production Assistant: Beng Poblete-Enriquez

Duration: 10'00"


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