UN Gender Focus: refugees in Europe, LGBT issues and Afghan women

UN Gender Focus: refugees in Europe, LGBT issues and Afghan women


Proportion of women and children seeking refuge in Europe increasing

The proportion of women and children arriving as refugees in Europe is increasing, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said. Conflict and instability in Syria and Iraq as well as a number of countries in Africa has forced millions of people to flee their homes, a large number of whom are women. UNICEF’s Christopher Tidey has been spent time in transit countries including Greece, Serbia and Croatia as well as destination countries, Austria and Germany. Daniel Dickinson asked him how many women and children are now on the move.

Charles Radcliffe. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Progress made on LGBT issues, but still more to be done in coming year

Progress has been made on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, but more work remains to be done in the coming year. So says Charles Radcliffe of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). I spoke to Mr Radcliffe and asked him about his expectations for the year ahead with regard to LGBT issues.

UNAMA workshop in Kabul. Photo: UNAMA

Empowerment of Afghan women promoted by UN

Finding practical solutions to the challenges that Afghan women face accessing education and health services was the focus of a day-long workshop held recently in the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul. Some 50 people took part in the event, including the principal of a girl’s high school who said many of her students do not get to finish their education due to early marriage. The workshop was organized by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and it also looked at ways to increase women’s overall participation in society. Hamed Haleemi reports from Kabul.

Presenter: Veronica Reeves

Production Assistant: Sandra Guy

Duration: 10’00″

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