WOMEN: Accountability for crimes against Afghan women urged by UN expert

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Rashida Manjoo. Photo: Fardin Waezi / UNAMA

Accountability for all crimes committed against women and girls in Afghanistan should remain a focus of the Afghan government and the international community.  The call from the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, came at the end of her seven-day visit to the country.  It was the first visit to Afghanistan since 2005, by an independent expert charged by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor, report, and advise on the situation of women and violence around the world.  Setyo Budi reports.

Allegations of sexual abuse by AU soldiers investigated in Somalia

The investigation team to look into allegations of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse against AMISOM personnel. (UNifeed video capture)

Investigators are in Mogadishu to look into allegations of sexual abuse involving African Union (AU) forces in Somalia.  The probe follows the release of a report in September, by the non-profit Human Rights Watch, focusing on soldiers deployed by the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).  A team of four officers will determine whether these accusations are true. The 71 page report by the US-based rights watchdog documents the alleged sexual abuse and exploitation of Somali women and girls at AU bases, since 2013.  AU soldiers are reportedly accused of "misusing their position of power" to exploit women.  According to the report, a range of tactics are used to coerce vulnerable women and girls into sexual activity. Women seeking medical aid or water at the AU bases are said to have been raped or sexually assaulted.

Umm el-Jimal. UNESCO photo

Empowering rural Jordanian women through heritage conservation

Rural women in Jordan are developing skills to manage and promote an archaeological site, through a joint UN project.  UN Women and the UN cultural agency (UNESCO), aim to empower these women by linking culture and development.  The 40 women involved in the project are between 20 and 50 years of age, single, mostly unemployed and with a low level of education. The Umm el Jimal site is on Jordan’s tentative list for World Heritage Inscription.  May Yaacoub has been speaking with UNESCO’s Dr. Angela Atzori, who is based in Amman, Jordan.

Today we end our programme with words from the first man in the history of UN Women to become Goodwill Ambassador.

Presenter:  Stephanie Castro
Duration:  10’00″

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