Women: focus on mobile phone use, human rights and coping with disaster

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A mobile phone user in Afghanistan. UN Photo/Fardin Waezi

Growing gender gap in mobile phone use

Men have greater access to mobile telephone services across the developing world and use them more frequently than women.

That's according to a director at the Connected Women Programme of the GSMA, an association of mobile operators.

It's estimated that up to 1.7 billion women in low income countries don't use mobile phones.

Pete Forster met Claire Sibthorpe from GSMA at a UN technology conference in Geneva, and began by asking her about usage rates.

Human rights gains in Afghanistan "will be sustained"

Georgette Gagnon. UN Photo/Mark Garten (file)

Gains made in the protection of human rights in Afghanistan "will be sustained" according to the outgoing director of rights issues at the UN mission in the country, UNAMA.

Georgette Gagnon is leaving the country after five years.

She's warning that, despite those gains, security, political and economic challenges continue to pose a threat to human rights, especially the rights of women.

Setyo Budi reports from the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Communities respond to flooding in India

Women in Odisha. Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan/UNDP India

Women in north-east India have learnt how to protect their community and boost their livelihoods in the face of extreme weather events.

Flooding in Odisha state is a constant threat and can lead to health problems and disrupt cultivation.

The United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, launched a project with the local authorities to empower women to not only cope with but also benefit from the inundations.

Nandita Surendran spoke with Jaco Cilliers, the  UNDP Resident Representative in India and began by asking him to describe the situation in Puri district before the project started.

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Studio Engineer: Shalako Gordon

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