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WOMEN: “Most active” 16 days against gender violence

11 Dec 2014

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End Violence against Women – UN Women

An annual 16-day campaign to end gender violence was this year very active, picking up momentum as each day passed, according to the leader of the UN’s global campaign to end violence against women. Aldijana Sisic explains that from 25 November—the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December—Human Rights Day, the goal was to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls. During these 16 days, people around the world were encouraged to wear the colour orange to show their support and involvement. Stephanie Coutrix spoke with Ms Sisic and first asked her to describe the impact of this year’s campaign.

“Give women opportunity to lead” in Somalia

One hundred Somali women met in Mogadishu to organize the local struggle to protect women. UNSOM

Men have failed to govern Somalia properly, so women should be given the opportunity to lead.  That’s according to a young Somali woman who has been participating in the UN’s “16 days of activism” campaign to end violence against women. The Horn of Africa country has endured more than two decades of political instability and poor governance and continues to battle extremists on its territory. Daniel Dickinson reports.

Law in Turkey leaves LGBTI community vulnerable

Sedef Cakmak, UN Photo

The law in Turkey does not recognize the existence of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community, otherwise known as LGBTI, leaving them vulnerable to violence, discrimination and oppression, according to a Turkish rights activist. Sedef Cakmak, spoke passionately about the current situation in the country for the LGBTI community, ahead of a meeting at the United Nations on Human Rights Day. Stephanie Castro has been speaking to Ms Cakmak.

Presenter:  Stephanie Coutrix
Production Assistant:  Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Duration:  10’00″