WOMEN: Mini-series captures story of slavery through eyes of woman

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Aunjanue Ellis lead actress on “Book of Negroes”. UNPhoto

Brave, empowered and smart describes the lead character in a six-part television mini-series detailing the journey of a female slave in the 18th Century. A pre-screening of the mini-series "Book of Negroes" was held at the UN in Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Aunjanue Ellis plays Aminata Diallo from Mali who is captured at the age of eleven and shipped to the United States. Diallo later joins a group of African American slaves called "Black Loyalists" who fought alongside the British Army during the American Independence War in exchange for freedom and land. Ms Ellis shared with Jocelyne Sambira the significance of having the story of slavery told through a female perspective.

Attack against girls' education on the rise

Photo: UN Women/Gaganjit Singh Chandok

Attacks against girls seeking an education persist and even appear to be on the rise in some countries, a new study by the UN Human Rights Office has found. An estimated 3,600 separate attacks against educational institutions, teachers and students were recorded in 2012 alone, the report says. In addition, attacks on schools have taken place in at least 70 different countries. Veronica Birga, Chief of the Women's Human Rights and Gender Section has been speaking to Daniel Johnson.

Women in power could have lessened financial crisis

Photo: UNDP/Pakistan

The global financial crisis witnessed in the past years would not have happened, with the same intensity, had women been in higher positions of power, according to a UN labour expert. Raymond Torres, Director of the International Labour Organization's research department, says that women should be given a more equal role in the world of work. Stephanie Castro has been speaking with Mr Torres about the present and prospective economic and employment situation for women around the world.

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

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