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UN and Africa: 2017 Year in Review

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Grizelda Grootboom addresses a high-level meeting of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Make human trafficking “a real priority” urges UN chief

In September, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on world leaders to make the scourge of human trafficking “a real priority for international cooperation”. The call from the UN chief came as the General Assembly adopted a new Political Declaration to fight trafficking in persons at a two-day high-level meeting in New York. During the opening, the Assembly heard a moving testimony from a victim of human trafficking who said that survivors needed to hear that the UN was on their side. Matt Wells reports.

Migrants at a detention centre in the city of Zawiya, Libya.
Photo: Mathieu Galtier/IRIN

Migration and human trafficking in Libya continues to be a major challenge: UN

In August, a senior UN official in Libya underlined the need to recognize that migration in the country is “not just as an internal problem, but a regional issue”. Maria do Valle Ribeiro, the deputy head of the UN Mission in Libya, UNSMIL, spoke to our Eleutério Guevane about the conditions in the region that favour human trafficking. She began by telling him how the UN is working to combat this challenge.

UN Refugee Chief Filippo Grandi visits the newly built shelter home of a Somali returnee in Kismayo, southern Somalia. UNHCR/Georgina Goodwin

Despite progress, Somalia still needs international support: UN refugee chief

In December, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, urged the international community to continue supporting efforts to restore and rebuild Somalia. Decades of political instability coupled with armed violence, poverty, drought and other natural disasters, have displaced hundreds of thousands of Somalis: either within the country or across the border. But, as Dianne Penn reports, many are returning home.

Assistant Inspector of Police
Annah Chota (center left)
meeting women in Abyei.
UNPOL/UNISFA/Mthokozisi Makeka

Legal vacuum “an obstacle to advancing gender equality”: UN Peacekeeper

Absence of laws is an “obstacle to advancing gender equality” because it doesn’t give women the support they need to report cases of gender-based violence. That was the reality confronting Assistant Inspector of Police Annah Chota when she took up her post at the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). Her response was to start a new network that would allow women to speak out. Through trainings and workshops, she brought about a change in the way communities dealt with sexual violence, domestic abuse and child marriage. Today more women are reporting gender-based violence in Abyei, and rape within marriage has been recognized as a criminal offence. Ms. Chota, was conferred the International Female Police Peacekeeper Award for her service at UNISFA. In October, she spoke with Ana Carmo about her passion for gender equality.

Presenter:  Vibhu Mishra
Production Assistants:
Omar Musni & Fatima E. Mendez
Duration:  13’46″

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