WOMEN: Battered women in Spain need better protection against their abusers

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Women in Spain still have problems getting protective orders against their abusive partners because the police tend to regard them as "manipulative". That's according to Frances Raday, a human rights expert. As Chair Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and Practice at the Human Rights Council, she recently visited Madrid, Seville, Bilbao, Vitoria and Pamplona. Spain voted on laws in 2004 and 2007 to empower and legally protect women against inequality, harassment and violence. Ms Raday has been speaking to Jocelyne Sambira about the issue of violence against women and their access to justice.

Food shortages put Liberia's children at risk for malnutrition

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The Ebola epidemic in Liberia has put children at high risk of malnutrition because of food shortages and diminished household incomes, says the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF. An estimated 170 000 people in the West African nation are severely food insecure. By March 2015, the number could reach 300,000. Guinea and Sierra Leone, the other two countries stricken by the epidemic, are also facing food insecurity. Jocelyne Sambira has the story.

Womenomics" linking gender equality and economic growth

The world would be a different place if its nations believed and practiced what's been called "womenomics", a theory linking the advancement of women to increased development rates. The concept, originally defined by the Japanese Prime Minister Abe, was being highlighted by the Executive Director of UN Women, the UN agency for gender equality, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. She was at the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo where she announced the forthcoming opening of a new UN Women office. To learn more about the country's efforts to promote women's rights, Stephanie Coutrix spoke with UN Women's Kristen Hetle, who began by explaining the meaning of "womenomics".

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

Filed under Women.
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