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UN Gender Focus: breastfeeding, human trafficking and peacekeeping

UN Gender Focus: breastfeeding, human trafficking and peacekeeping


50% of children born each year “not being put to the breast soon enough”

Over half the children born each year are "not being put to the breast soon enough." That's according to Tamara Kummer, from the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, speaking at the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week 2016 observed from the 1st to the 7th of August. UNICEF has released a report showing that it is crucial for newborns to be given access to their mother's milk within the first hour of life. Deganit Perez asked Ms Kummer, communication specialist with UNICEF, what the particular focus was of this year's campaign.

Human trafficking has trapped men, women and children in forced labour and sexual exploitation. File Photo: ILO/A. Khemka

Helping women to “cross over from victim to survivor”

Victims of human trafficking can be manipulated to believe that they love and need the person trafficking them, according to one survivor. Sheila McClain, who is from the United States, ran away from home as a young girl after being abused. By the time she was 18, she was being prostituted and was subsequently trafficked across the country. She was at the UN for an event marking the UN World Day against Trafficking in Persons, observed on July 30th. She now works for "End Slavery Tennessee", an organization offering support to victims of trafficking. Laura Jarriel has been speaking to Ms McClain.

UNSG (right) meets with Major General Kristin Lund. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

“Female dimension” helped ensure “fantastic two years” for Force Commander

The first female Force Commander in UN history has stepped down after what she called a “fantastic two years”. Major-General Kristin Lund headed the UN force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), the first woman ever to command a UN peacekeeping operation. Her last day in charge was 29 July. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to her service saying that her “leadership greatly contributed to the UN efforts in Cyprus.” Cristina Silveiro asked Ms Lund to sum up her time in charge.

Presenter: Ana Carmo

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