UN Calling Asia: focus on Afghanistan, yoga celebrations in New York and widows in Nepal

Afghan girl. WFP File Photo/Challiss McDonough

Resilient Afghans focusing on "hope barometer" 

The people of Afghanistan are expected to remain resilient and hopeful for the future in the face of increased terrorist attacks, according to the UN's most senior official in the country.  Fighting in the northern city of Kunduz and an attack on the Afghan Parliament are the most recent examples of the deterioration in the security situation there.  But Nicholas Haysom, the head of the UN Mission, UNAMA, says that the Afghan people will take more than just security into account when assessing what he calls the "hope barometer."  Daniel Dickinson began by asking Mr Haysom about the reaction to the attack on the parliament building.

Indian students join International Day of Yoga celebrations in New York

UN Photo/Mark Garten

More than two dozen students from the City Montessori School in Lucknow, India celebrated the first International Day of Yoga at UN Headquarters in New York. It was the culmination of a school trip to the United States. Two students, Sagarika and Amulya, both 16, were chosen to speak at the event after a number of government representatives and UN officials. Stephanie Coutrix spoke with them right after their speech which focused on the significance of yoga.

Discrimination against widows persists in Nepal

Lily Thapa (centre). Credit UN Women/Samir Jung Thapa

Widows in Nepal continue to be rejected by their communities as they are seen as bad luck. That's according to Lily Thapa, founder of a non-profit organization called "Women for Human Rights," a partner of UN Women, the United Nations agency for gender equality.  She says Nepal still enforces legal barriers which make it very difficult for women who've lost their husbands to inherit their belongings or land. On the occasion of International Widow's Day, marked every 23 June, Sharon Grobeisen met with Ms Thapa in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu. She began by asking her why discrimination persists against widows.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10’00″

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