Women: focus on education in South Sudan, breastfeeding week and Iraqi women

A campaign to return girls to school in war-torn South Sudan is due to get underway. File Photo: UNICEF

Girls head back to school in South Sudan

A campaign to return girls to school in war-torn South Sudan is due to get underway, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The enrolment rate for girls has declined since the start of the conflict in December 2013, and many girls never make it past primary school. That's according to Phuong Nguyen, UNICEF's chief education officer in the country. She's been speaking to Regina Gorle about the campaign, ahead of Girls Education Day this Friday.

Breastfeeding at work a "smart investment"

Photo: UNICEF/Christine Nesbitt

Allowing women to breastfeed their infants at work helps women balance their professional and personal lives while increasing worker productivity, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). Despite the benefits of allowing nursing in the workplace, the ILO says that, in practice, many women actually lose their jobs when they have children. Susan Maybud, a senior gender specialist at the ILO, says society has a responsibility to support these women. She spoke to Maria Carlino about the ILO's efforts to combat the discrimination women face.

Iraqi women "looking forward" despite violent extremism and terrorism

Conference ‘Empowering Women to Address the Impact of Terrorism’, Erbil, Iraq. Photo: UNAMI PIO.

Terrorism and violent extremism in Iraq have increased the vulnerability of women and girls living there, according to a gender expert at the UN mission in the country. Idah Muema, gender adviser at the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said women have been subjected to displacement, sexual violence, loss of freedom, and the deaths of loved ones, because of the violence. The UN mission helped organize a two-day conference on empowering Iraqi women to address terrorism held this week in Erbil with calls for stronger legislation and greater economic and educational opportunities. Ms Muema told Dianne Penn why Iraqi women are looking forward to implementing its outcomes.

Presenter: Maria Carlino
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00

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