Women: focus on investment, conflict in South Sudan and zero tolerance for exploitative sexual relations in Haiti


Women sell mango and sweet potato jam in Senegal.UN Photo/Evan Schneide

Targeted investment in women needed to break gender inequality

Investments which target the development of women and girls around the world are needed to break gender inequality and discrimination, according to the UN agency with deals with gender issues. The international community is meeting in Ethiopia from Monday to discuss how best to finance future global development programmes.  The deal agreed in the Horn of Africa country will set the stage for new sustainable development goals which are set to be agreed in September. Daniel Dickinson asked UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri, where the investment is expected to come from.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka visits Protection of Civilians site 3 near UN House in Juba on 8 July. Photo: UNMISS/JC McIlwaine.

Women bearing brunt of conflict in South Sudan

Women in South Sudan are bearing the brunt of the ongoing conflict in the country according to the head of UN Women. Fighting in South Sudan, which has been celebrating the fourth anniversary of its independence, started in December 2013. Around one and a half million people have been displaced by the conflict. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, recently visited the country and praised women there for their for their resilience and determination. Lwak Nelson has the story.

Zero tolerance for exploitative sexual relations in Haiti

MINUSTAH peacekeepers on patrol. Photo: MINUSTAH

Sexual relations between UN personnel and the local population in Haiti are firmly prohibited when the relationship is exploitative, which is most often the case in the Caribbean country. That's according to a Conduct and Discipline Officer of the UN mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH. Charles Mengalle says sexual relations are strongly discouraged by the UN, but they are not forbidden. To learn more about these policies, Stephanie Coutrix spoke with Mr Mengalle at MINUSTAH's headquarters in the capital Port-au-Prince. She began by asking him about the most common questions on the issue asked by staff during training sessions.

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Studio Engineer: Shalako Gordon
Duration: 10’00″

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