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Christiane Amanpour. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas (file)

Journalism needs to be protected, says Christiane Amanpour

At a time when so many reporters are imprisoned, injured or killed, renowned journalist Christiane Amanpour is calling on the international community to say this cannot continue with impunity.

On Tuesday, the CNN chief international correspondent was named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety.

Ms Amanpour, who has been covering international wars and crises since 1990, says dangerous situations have been accumulating over the years and have peaked with the presence of ISIL terrorists in the Middle East.

Stephanie Coutrix spoke with her on the line after a ceremony at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, and began by asking how much of a responsibility it is to be a Goodwill Ambassador.

Lakshmi Puri. UN Photo/Loey Felipe (file)

For women to progress, economies need to be transformed

Economies need to be transformed in order to realize women's empowerment and social rights, according to a new report released by the UN agency dedicated to gender equality, UN Women.

This means a new approach to unpaid domestic and care-work, one that includes a more equal distribution of tasks between men and women.

UN Women says these changes will not only support gender equality but also create millions of new jobs in a hard-pressed market.

I spoke with Lakshmi Puri, the Assistant Secretary-General of UN Women about what the most important takeaway is from the report entitled Progress of the World's Women 2015: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) and Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

High quality justice, "priority" for the international court

The newly elected President of the International Criminal Court (ICC) says that dispensing what she calls "high quality justice" is her priority.

The court is independent of the United Nations, although it does take on cases recommended by the UN Security Council.

The ICC has a global mandate to tackle offences such as crimes against humanity or war crimes.

Cristina Silveiro asked Silva Fernandez, who's from Argentina, about her priorities as President.

Producer/Presenter: Cathrine Hasselberg
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10'00″

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