WOMEN: Women stereotyped and under-represented in global film industry

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Nanette Braun. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The global film industry perpetuates discrimination against women, a UN-backed study on female characters in popular movies has found. Girls and women are over twice as likely as boys and men to be shown in sexually revealing clothes, partially or fully naked. Twenty years ago, 189 governments adopted an international roadmap for gender equality called the Beijing Platform for Action, which called for the media to avoid stereotypical and degrading depictions of women. Nanette Braun, from the UN Women agency, has been speaking to Liudmila Blagonravova about what she calls this "disturbing" trend.

Sexual and reproductive health rights being acknowledged world wide

Kate Gilmore. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Without exception, Member States of the UN are considering sexual and reproductive health as human rights, according to the Assistant Secretary-General of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Kate Gilmore says a recent report released by UNFPA is a great source of inspiration, and reassurance that countries are seeking to advance human dignity by improving sexual and reproductive rights. Stephanie Castro asked Ms Gilmore about the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and how the report will affect human rights around the world.

TEDx talk at UN highlights education project in Uganda

Beatrice Ayuru. Photo/Frederic Noy

A school funded by agricultural and aquaculture ventures was one of eleven projects given centre stage at the first ever TEDx conference organized by the United Nations. TED, which stands for technology, entertainment and design, is a non-profit devoted to what it calls "ideas worth spreading" and encourages communities to organize their own events, called TEDx, to foster learning and inspiration. The eleven people invited to share their stories at the UN Office in Geneva included Beatrice Ayuru, founder of the Lira Integrated School located in Northern Uganda. Daniel Johnson, spoke with Ms Ayuru after her talk and began by asking what the biggest challenges were to her accomplishments.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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