Women: focus on sexual violence in conflict and women empowerment

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Zainab Bangura. UN Photo/Mark Garten

“Widespread and systematic” sexual violence taking place in Syria and Iraq

Sexual violence is being committed in a widespread, systematic and sophisticated manner in Syria and Iraq, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, has warned. Zainab Bangura was speaking in New York following a recent mission to the region. Violence against women has increased in Syria and Iraq following the emergence of the ISIL terrorist organization. Stephanie Coutrix reports.

 

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Male leaders join the HeforShe campaign

The movement for gender equality was originally conceived as a struggle led only by women and for women, but this has changed according to the UN agency for gender equality, UN Women. New initiatives, such as the HeForShe and 10x10x10 campaigns, are calling on male leaders to participate in eradicating gender inequalities in the private, public and government sectors. The brain behind the HeforShe campaign, Elisabeth Nyamayaro, has already signed up five universities, CEO's and Heads of State to push for change. Cathrine Hasselberg has been speaking to Ms Nyamayaro.

 

D'Banj being interviewed by the World Bank. Photo: World Bank

African artist D'Banj using music to promote women's empowerment

One of the most successful African music artists in the last decade, Nigerian singer D'Banj, is using his star power to promote women's empowerment. A new series created by the World Bank called #Music4Dev welcomes artists from around the globe to share their music while raising awareness about development issues. Through this platform, D'Banj says he is dedicating his new song ExtraOrdinary to all the strong and inspiring women of the world. Korina Lopez spoke with the award-winning singer and began by asking him why he is so passionate about women's rights and gender equality.

Presenter: Ana Carmo
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00″

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