Women: focus on soccer clinics, women’s role in humanitarian relief and gender gap in Morocco

Beijing Royal School students train at a Football Clinic. Photo: UN Women/ Valencia CF/ Lázaro Dela Peña

Gender equality promoted on the soccer field

Soccer can teach young boys and girls across the world that they are equals, according to the United Nations. Professional players of the Spanish club, Valencia CF recently held a clinic for aspiring stars at the Beijing Royal School in China. It was organized in partnership with UN Women, which wants to replicate the awareness-raising activity in other countries. Ana Carmo spoke with the agency's Jose Carlos Ferrer and began by asking him what they aim to achieve.


Kyung-wha Kang, ASG for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Women need greater role in humanitarian relief efforts

Women need a greater role in humanitarian relief efforts following war or natural disasters, according to the United Nations. Experts recently gathered at the UN to discuss strategies to ensure that women are included in making decisions during times of crisis. They also looked at how women can better protect themselves during periods of upheaval. Maria Carlino reports.


Women in remote mountain communities in Morocco. Photo: IFAD/video caption

Women-owned cooperatives closing gender gap in rural Morocco  

Small loans to women-owned cooperatives from the UN's agricultural development fund, IFAD, are helping to close the gender gap in Morocco. Women in remote mountain communities of the country are able to start their own small livestock and agribusinesses thanks to a microfinance project between IFAD and the Moroccan government. Once relegated to domestic chores, these women are boosting household income and earning the respect of their husbands as equal partners. James Heer has the story.


To mark this week’s International Youth Day, 12 year old Lea Vaydie-Silveiro signed off from this week’s programme.

Presenter: Stephanie Coutrix
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10'00

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