Women: focus on empowerment of women in Iraq, UN resolution and gender equality

Hanaa Edwar. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Women key to fight against terrorism and violent extremism

The education and empowerment of women is essential to end terrorism and violence in strife-torn communities. That's according to Hanaa Edwar, Secretary-General of the Iraqi Al-Amal Association. Ms Edwar has been attending a meeting of the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee. Participants discussed integrating gender into the UN's policies and programmes to combat terrorism and violent extremism. She's been speaking to Maria Carlino about the empowerment and changing role of women in Iraq.

Women-focused resolution faces old and new threats

Security Council. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Women’s rights are in danger of “sliding backwards” despite a landmark United Nations resolution seeking to promote equality, a leading UN official has said. The warning relates to UN Security Council resolution 1325, which was passed 15 years ago. The resolution focuses on women, peace and security. At a conference in Geneva delegates heard that despite some successes in recent years, women’s fundamental rights have been either sidelined or violated. Daniel Johnson has more.

Faith and culture key to achieving gender equality

Young girls in Somalia. UN Photo/Tobin Jones

A clear understanding of Islamic teachings about the role of women can be used to empower women and girls to effect positive change in their communities. That's according to Husna Ahmad, the head of Global One, said to be the only Muslim women-led non-governmental organization in the United Kingdom focused on international development. Ms Ahmad has been meeting with other faith leaders and senior UN officials in Bristol in the UK to discuss how to work together to implement the new global development targets known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Maria Carlino spoke to Ms Ahmad about the role of faith and culture in supporting the SDGs and gender equality.

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00

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