WOMEN: Rise in medical providers performing female genital cutting (FGM)

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Nat. Ass. of Midwives in Mauritania. UNFPA Mauritania

Health workers around the world are being urged by the United Nations to mobilize against female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C). UNICEF and the UN Population Fund UNFPA made the call on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM observed every year on 6 February. FGM is illegal in many countries and medical providers who perform it in these places are breaking the law. Nafissatou Diop, head of UNFPA's Joint Programme on FGM/C, spoke to me about the rise of what she called the "medicalization" of the practice.

El Salvador promotes human rights for LGBTI community

Pescozada. Photo: OHCHR Central America

A campaign in El Salvador to end hate crimes against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and intersex (LGBTI) and promote their human rights is being supported by the UN. It's hoped that the Libres e Iguales (Free and Equal) campaign will help end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Citizens were asked to share their views on the issue in a video for the campaign titled "Penalize Violence, Not differences." Stephanie Castro begins her report with a clip from a woman asking "what would you do if you child was LGBTI?"

Angelina Jolie meets with Syrian and Iraqi refugees

Angelina Jolie. UNHCR/A.McConnell

The American Hollywood star, Angelina Jolie, cannot imagine a greater horror than having a child kidnapped by a terrorist group. That's what she said during her recent visit to a refugee camp in the Kurdish region of Iraq, where she met with Syrian refugees and displaced Iraqi citizens. ISIL extremists are trying to impose their interpretation of Islam by terrorising people in the territories they control in the Middle East.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Duration: 10'00"

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