Women: focus on girls education and laws needed to end violence against women

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Girls' education brings human rights benefits

Educating girls could help change societies and improve the lives of millions, according to the UN Human Rights chief. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein is also urging countries to ensure that girls have safe access to quality education that includes information about human rights. His comments came during a panel discussion this week in Geneva. The UN Human Rights High Commissioner described girls' education as a topic of deep importance, both personally and globally. He said while the empowerment of women has been one of the significant achievements of the past century, it would not have been possible without education.

Rashida Manjoo. UN File Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Legally binding laws needed to end violence against women

A binding international instrument on violence against women and girls is needed to prevent and end these human rights violations, according to the Special Rapporteur on violence against women. Rachida Manjoo was speaking in the Human Rights Council in Geneva on the causes and consequences of violence against women. She recently visited Northern Ireland, Honduras, Afghanistan, and Sudan to conduct investigations on the situation of women in those countries. Stephanie Coutrix reports.

© UNESCO/Webistan Schoolgirls in a reading class, Ferdeusi school, Kabul, Afghanistan

Obstacles remain for Afghan girls to access education

The number of girls in Afghanistan who are going to school has increased significantly since the former Taliban government was deposed in 2001, but obstacles remain, according to the United Nations. The UN has been supporting the Afghan government in its efforts to have more children at school. A law was passed in 2009 which criminalizes people who prohibit girls from accessing education. Setyo Budi reports from the Afghan capital, Kabul.

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