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WOMEN: Role of caregiver turns fatal for women in Ebola stricken countries

19 Feb 2015

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Village near Makeni, Sierra Leone. UNMEER/Martine Perret

Women have died in large numbers in West Africa due to the role they have played as caregivers to people infected by the deadly Ebola virus; that’s according to the head of UN Women.

More than 9,000 people have died from Ebola in the three worst affected countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, says women were the first to respond to the Ebola crisis and that their instinct to touch those who were sick resulted in further infection.

Stephanie Castro has been speaking to Ms Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Kosovo women encouraged to exercise inheritance rights

Women Property Rights. Image: Banner UNMIK.

Women in Kosovo are being encouraged by the United Nations to exercise their legal right to claim property.

Men and women in the territory have equal inheritance rights, but when the issue comes up in courts, women frequently decide to give their share of family property to their male relatives.

The UN in Kosovo is backing programmes which make it easier for women to claim what is theirs, as David Meadows reports.

Jennifer Brush, the deputy chief of the UN Mission in Kosovo, or UNMIK ending that report by David Meadows 

Men encouraged to combat violence against women in Egypt

Egyptian girl. Photo: UNDP/Jose Sanchez

A new programme to involve men and boys in combating violence against women in Egypt has been unveiled by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

According to a United Nations study conducted in 2013, 99% of Egyptian women have experienced some form of sexual harassment.

The initiative, was launched in partnership with the National Council for Women (NCW) and the ministries of justice, interior and foreign affairs.

To find out more, May Yaacoub spoke with Dr Heba Wafa, a local development and gender team leader at UNDP in Egypt.

Presenter: Stephanie Coutrix

Production Assistant: Ana Carmo

Duration: 10’00″