Women: focus on local politics, migrant workers and the gender gap in Maldives

Baudouine Kamatari, MINUSTAH. Photo: UN Radio/Eleutério Guevane

Reforms give Haitian women greater role in local politics

New legislative changes and a more open public debate are helping women in Haiti secure a greater role as decision-makers in local government. That's according to Baudouine Kamatari, who works as a senior gender advisor with the UN's mission in the country, MINUSTAH. Around six million Haitians are expected to go to the polls starting 9 August. They'll vote in the first municipal, parliamentary and presidential elections in Haiti in three years.  Ms Kamatari says the Caribbean island's new electoral quotas enable thousands of women to move into positions in what has traditionally been a male-dominated field. She’s been speaking to Eleutério Guevane.


Money from migrant workers in Europe could transform rural communities back home. Photo: IFAD video caption

Money from migrant workers in Europe could transform rural communities back home

Migrant workers in Europe sent nearly 110 billion US dollars to their home countries last year, according to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). With 40 per cent of that amount going to rural areas, the UN agency says remittances can play a role in transforming vulnerable communities. IFAD has launched a report which recommends reducing the cost of sending money abroad and improving migrant workers' access to savings and credit so as to increase investment in their homelands. James Heer has the story.


A woman from the Island of Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll Thinadhoo Island on her way to collect water with her two grandchildren. Photo: UNDP Maldives/Ni Jin

Closing the gender gap in Maldives

The gender gap is closing in the Maldives, albeit slowly, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The Indian Ocean country has achieved gender parity in primary education while more girls are enrolling in higher levels of schooling. However, women's political participation remains a challenge; they make up only six per cent of politicians. Dianne Penn spoke to Shoko Noda, the head of UNDP in Maldives, to find out how the UN is supporting women's empowerment there.

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10’00″

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