UN Gender – Year Ahead 2016

31 December 2015

Value of women’s unpaid work deserves recognition

The value of women’s unpaid work deserves greater recognition in societies around the world. That’s one of the findings of the UN’s latest Human Development Report, which among other things, highlights how women’s contributions can help improve our quality of life, both now and in the future. Veronica Reeves spoke with Shantanu Mukherjee from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to find out why it’s important for societies to acknowledge women’s unpaid contributions.

Girls learning to weave in Karachi, Pakistan.UN Photo/John Isaac

Situation of women in Pakistan “quite alarming”

The situation of women in Pakistan is “quite alarming” according to the head of the United Nations development office in the country. The UN is working to advocate for women’s rights and empowerment, saying ensuring greater equality of women will be critical for Pakistan’s development. Marc-Andre Franche is the head of the UN Development Programme’s office there. Daniel Dickinson asked him how the immediate future looks for Pakistani women.

Safer cities for women: one project takes off in the Philippines

Quezon City. UNIFEED (video capture)

One suburb of the Filipino capital, Manila, is trying to confront the issue of violence against women using a novel form of community patrolling.Women’s Safety Audits are a “participatory tool” being piloted as part of the UN Women Safe Cities initiative. The idea is to discourage physical or sexual violence against women and girls by empowering concerned citizens to patrol their own neighbourhoods, and come up with solutions to make them safer. Matthew Wells has been taking a look at how it’s working so far in Quezon City.

Presenter: Veronica Reeves

Production Assistant: Sandra Guy

Duration: 10’00″

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