Women: focus on sustainable development, financing for development and Haiti

Women's Economic Empowerment Project, Addis Ababa. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Women's economic participation critical to sustainable development

A lack of investment in gender equality and women's empowerment has created barriers to achieving global development goals, according to the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon was speaking during a panel discussion on the margins of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development held this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The panel was organized by UN Women and the World Bank and served as an opportunity to mobilize political support for financing initiatives that will benefit women and girls across the globe. Dianne Penn reports.

Asnakech Thomas. UN Photo/Priscilla Lecomte

For Ethiopian coffee exporter, development begins with farmers

An Ethiopian coffee exporter has been explaining why farmers are crucial to her country's development. Asnakech Thomas said coffee has fuelled change in her community of Amaro, about 500 km from the capital, Addis Ababa. From her family farm Ms Thomas began with a team of five coffee growers which has expanded to a district network 17,000 strong.Through training, they've produced quality coffee which is sold directly to consumers. Priscilla Lecomte caught up with Ms Thomas over a cup of strong Ethiopian coffee at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development which concluded on Thursday.

 

Nadège Beauvil. UN Photo/Stephanie Coutrix

Haiti's future "depends" on women's access to leadership positions

The future of Haiti will depend on more women accessing leadership positions, according to UN Women, the United Nations agency dedicated to gender equality. Nadège Beauvil, who works as a programme specialist in the Caribbean island, says the current focus of her work is getting more women involved in the upcoming local, legislative, and presidential elections. As voters, but also as candidates. Stephanie Coutrix caught up with Ms Beauvil in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince, and began by asking her what issues women involved in politics are currently pushing forward.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10'00″

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