Women: focus on eliminating mother-to-child disease transmission, gender-based violence in South Sudan and workplace issues

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Cuba achieves global milestone in eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis

Cuba has become the first country to receive validation from the World Health Organization (WHO) for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. WHO and its regional office, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), have been working with Cuba and other countries since 2010 to reduce the number of transmissions. The announcement was made this week and UNAIDS hailed it as a cause for celebration, not only in the Caribbean country but everywhere. Dianne Penn reports.

A safe space for survivors of gender-based violence in South Sudan 

Women in South Sudan. UN Photo/JC McIlwain

Survivors of gender-based violence in South Sudan's Central Equatoria State now have a safe place to call their own. The UN mission in the country (UNMISS) has handed over a temporary shelter to the local government where survivors will have access to legal, medical and psycho-social support as well as accommodation. The safe house was an initiative by the UN mission's gender and child protection units in collaboration with the Nepalese battalion serving at UNMISS. It took two months to build and cost US$50,000. Otto Robert Awata attended the hand-over ceremony and filed this report.

A woman's place is…at work, says UN Geneva's new chief

UN Photo/Pierre Albouy (16/10/2013)

Diplomats, UN agencies and the private sector needs to do much more to break down the barriers that hold back women in the workplace, the UN's new chief in Geneva said on Wednesday. In a call for greater equality promoted by the US Mission in Geneva, United Nations Office at Geneva Director-General Michael Moller said he wanted to help create a network of "gender champions" in the Swiss city and beyond. He explained what the #FutureSheDeserves project is all about to Daniel Johnson.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00″

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