UN / WOMEN REPORT

Preview Language:   Original
25-Jun-2019 00:02:20
A new UN Women report examines how transformations in families impact women’s rights and puts forth policy agenda to end gender inequalities within families. UNIFEED

Available Language: English
Type
Language
Format
Acquire
/
English
Other Formats
Description
STORY: UN / WOMEN REPORT
TRT: 02:20
SOURCE: UNIFEED
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGAUGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 26 JUNE 2014, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

SHOTLIST:

FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

26 JUNE 2014, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, dais
3. Med shot, reporters
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women:
“No institution has more personal has more universal and personal significance to each of us than the family. Families are places where we are loved, and we love, where we go for support and nourishment, especially in times of hardships and conflicts, where we may raise children and care for those in need.”
5. Med shot, reporters
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women:
“Families are also places of violence and discrimination of women and girls, and in fact, that is where discrimination for many women and girls starts and it stays with them for the rest of their lives. And if the family works for you, it is a wonderful journey for the rest of your life, in some cases. The shocking pervasiveness of intimate partner violence means that statistically, home is one of the most dangerous places for a woman. In 2017 every single day, 137 women were killed by a family member.”
7. Med shot, reporters
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Marwa Sharafeldin, Activist and Board Member of Musawah International Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family:
“For a significant portion of the world’s population today, family laws are still based on religious precept. Some of these laws can be quite discriminatory, claiming to defy reform because they are thought to be divine, coming from god, and you cannot change gods law. If you call for reforming these laws, you can risk attack, and sometimes the threat of death.”
9. Wide shot, reporters
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Marwa Sharafeldin, Activist and Board Member of Musawah International Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family:
“We still find rulings from that era till today in Muslim family laws that condone marital rape, permit the husband to discipline the wife, allow for child marriage and unbridled polygamy, restrict women’s movement outside the home without the husband’s permission, and the list goes on. How can family, the place for mercy and compassion, as the Quran says, be the place for such practices in our world today?”
11. Med shot, reporters
12. Wide shot, end of presser

STORYLINE:

A new UN Women report released today (25 Jun) examines how transformations in families impact women’s rights and puts forth policy agenda to end gender inequalities within families.

Presenting the report, “Progress of the World’s Women 2019-2020: Families in a Changing World,” the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, said “families are places where we are loved, and we love, where we go for support and nourishment, especially in times of hardships and conflicts, where we may raise children and care for those in need.”

However, she said, “families are also places of violence and discrimination of women and girls, and in fact, that is where discrimination for many women and girls starts and it stays with them for the rest of their lives.”

Mlambo-Ngcuka said, “the shocking pervasiveness of intimate partner violence means that statistically, home is one of the most dangerous places for a woman.

In 2017, she noted, “every single day, 137 women were killed by a family member.”

The report indicates that one out of five countries girls do not have the same inheritance rights as boys, while in others (a total of 19 countries) women are required by law to obey their husbands. Around one third of married women in developing countries report having little or no say over their own healthcare.

Marwa Sharafeldin of the Musawah International Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family told reporters that “for a significant portion of the world’s population today, family laws are still based on religious precept” and “can be quite discriminatory, claiming to defy reform because they are thought to be divine, coming from god, and you cannot change gods law.”

Sharafeldin said, “if you call for reforming these laws, you can risk attack, and sometimes the threat of death.”

Noting that many of these interpretative laws were written centuries ago, she said, “we still find rulings from that era till today in Muslim family laws that condone marital rape, permit the husband to discipline the wife, allow for child marriage and unbridled polygamy, restrict women’s movement outside the home without the husband’s permission, and the list goes on.”

Anchored in global data, innovative analysis and case studies, the report shows the diversity of families around the world and provides robust recommendations to ensure that laws and policies support today’s families and meet the needs of all their members, especially women and girls, with analysis of what it would cost to implement them.
Series
Category
Topical Subjects
Personal Subjects
Creator
UNIFEED
Alternate Title
unifeed190625f
Asset ID
2413505