UN Gender Focus: UN police unit, journalist in South Sudan and women in science

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (left) with members of the all-female Indian Formed Police Unit in Liberia. Photo: Emmanuel Tobey/UNMIL

First all-female UN police unit leaves Liberia

An all-female UN police unit from India is leaving Liberia on Sunday after nine years of helping to stabilize the country. It was the first force of its kind in the history of United Nations peacekeeping operations. A bloody civil war in the country that began in late 1989, claimed the lives of over 150,000 people, mostly civilians. Daniel Dickinson has the story.

Being a journalist in South Sudan is being the “eye of the community”

Angelina Gatdiet reporting in the field. Photo: Internews

A South-Sudanese female journalist has explained how her reporting helped free a woman wrongfully imprisoned for a crime committed by her own son. When Angelina Gatdiet aired the story on her local station, human rights teams acted to free the falsely imprisoned woman. South Sudan has endured two years of violent civil war, which makes the work of journalists very challenging, especially for the few female journalists in the country. Internews is a media non-profit, which built some of the first community radio stations there, and trains journalists to provide community news. Nigel Ballard, director of community radio for Internews in South Sudan, asked Angelina Gatdiet to explain how the false-imprisonment story evolved.

"Everyone benefits" when women work in science

First annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

When women are given career opportunities in maths and science fields, everyone benefits. That's according to some of those attending the first International Day of Women and Girls in Science held recently at UN headquarters in New York. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known by the acronym, STEM, have in many countries traditionally been dominated by men. The UN is hoping that will change. Janie Cangelosi has been speaking with US high-school students Liz Makoff and Kaitlin McQuade, as well as Professor Maureen Roller from Adelphi University. She began by asking Kaitlin McQuade why it's important for women and girls to get into science.

Presenter: Ana Carmo
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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