WOMEN: Women on Security Council have responsibility to open door for others

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Security Council Chamber. UN Photo/Mark Garten

As we move into 2015, UN Radio looks back at the stories on women issues that have dominated the UN headlines in 2014.

Women ambassadors are filling over a third of the UN Security Council's 15 seats, making history and sending out a strong message about women's empowerment. The Council has dominated by men selected to represent their countries on what many consider to be the Organization's most powerful body. Maria Cristina Perceval, the Permanent Representative of Argentina told Elizabeth Philip that they have a "responsibility to open the door for other women to follow in their footsteps".

UN appoints its first female Force Commander

Kristin Lund, first female Force Commander. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The UN hit another milestone in 2014 by appointing its first female force commander. Major-General Kristin Lund became head of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) in August 2014. She had broken new ground before as the first female officer in Norway to be promoted to the rank of Major General. Major General Lund told Jocelyne Sambira that being a woman in the top ranks of the military has been "challenging but interesting".


Women celebrates progress 20 years after Beijing conference

Women are now better off than they were 20 years ago, according to the head of UN Women.In May, the UN agency marked the historic Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, a landmark meeting that promoted gender equality. A campaign was also launched aiming to mobilize governments and citizens alike to picture a world where gender equality is a reality. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of UN Women shared the details with May Yaccoub.


Strategic moment for women in setting of future development goals

Activists from around the world came to the United Nations in New York in December to advocate for the inclusion of gender issues in new development goals.The new poverty targets will replace the Millennium Development Goals the deadline for which is the end of 2015.Daniel Dickinson asked Françoise Girard from the International Women’s Health Coalition about the importance of the Commission on the Status of Women.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira

Production Assistant: Beng Poblete-Enriquez

Duration: 10'00"


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