UN Global Perspective: focus on children of Islamic State, war in Syria and gender parity in films

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An increasing number of people, including families with children and the elderly, have encountered deadly ambushes as they try to escape areas controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Photo: UNAMI

"Crisis of an entire generation" indoctrinated by ISIL: new report

A new report endorsed by the UN that examines child indoctrination by the ISIL terrorist group describes the phenomenon as the "crisis of an entire generation". The UN cultural organization, UNESCO, contributed to the report, Children and the Islamic State which has been published by the counter-extremism think-tank, the Quilliam Foundation. It documents more than 250 cases of children being used in ISIL propaganda, including a dozen who acted as child executioners. Matthew Wells reports.

In the Tishreen camp for displaced persons in Aleppo, Syria, a boy carries a jerrycan he filled at a water tank built by OXFAM with UNICEF support. Photo: UNICEF/Razan Rashidi

Targetting of infrastructure "unacceptable reality" of war in Syria

The intentional targeting of infrastructure is an "unacceptable reality" of war in Syria, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The supply of clean water to the northern city of Aleppo has just been reestablished after it was deliberately cut by one of the warring parties. Two million people there have been drawing untreated water from the Euphrates River to survive. Kieran Dwyer is a spokesperson for UNICEF based in the Syrian capital, Damascus.Daniel Dickinson began by asking him about the current situation.

Cathy Schulamn (right) with UN Radio's Carmen Cuesta Roca. Photo: Tahnee Leishmann Duncan

Gender parity rating system for films could reduce sexism in Hollywood 

A rating system that would rank films based on gender parity would help combat the high level of sexism women face in Hollywood. That's the position of Cathy Schulman who produced the Academy Award- winning movie Crash. Ms Schulman is also President of the advocacy group Women in Film. She visited UN headquarters to present research on the portrayal of women in cinema and spoke to Carmen Cuesta Roca.

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy

Duration: 10’00″

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