Women: focus on reproductive health, peace and a multilingual competition

WHO mobile team in Alluhaya district of Hodeida, Yemen. Photo: WHO Yemen

Emergency medical supplies reaching pregnant woman in Yemen

Life-saving equipment and medical supplies from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) are arriving in Yemen to help pregnant women in the war-torn country deliver their babies safely. An estimated 470,000 women trapped by the conflict are pregnant and 70,000 of them may experience complications such as infection, miscarriage, abortion as well as rape over the next nine months. That's according to Himyar Abdulmoghni, UNFPA's assistant representative in Yemen. He's been speaking to Maria Carlino about the fund's efforts to deliver obstetric equipment and reproductive health supplies to hospitals and camps for displaced people in conflict-ridden areas.

More women should have a greater role in the Afghan peace process. File Photo: UNAMA


Afghan women need greater participation in the peace process

Encouraging Afghan women to join the peace process requires safer work conditions and an equal right to participate in political issues. That's according to Huma Khan who is part of the gender equality team at the UN mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA. Civil rights advocates have been meeting in the capital, Kabul, to discuss a range of issues that have been impacting women since the peace process began 13 years ago. Reflecting on UN resolution 1325 – which focuses on women, gender and security – Torpekai Amarkhel asked Huma Khan about developments and observations.

Sara Arafeh speaking at the Global Youth Forum on Multilingualism. Photo: UN Web TV

Jordanian student wants more youth involvement in UN

A winner of a UN-backed multilingual essay competition wants more young people to be involved in the global organization's work. Sara Arafeh from Jordan was one of 70 university students from 42 countries who were at the UN this month to celebrate their achievement in winning the Many Languages, One World contest. Participants had to write in one of the six official languages of the UN—Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish—that was not their mother tongue or the principal language of instruction in their primary or secondary education. Twenty-one-year-old Sara, who is studying Biology and Chemistry in the United States, tells me about her award-winning essay and her dream of working for the UN.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10’00

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