UN Gender Focus: Yemen, indigenous women and disaster preparedness

27 April 2017

Women and girls paying “heaviest price” in Yemen as famine looms: UNFPA

Women and girls are “paying the heaviest” price as Yemen’s humanitarian crisis deepens, increasing their vulnerability to violation and abuse. That’s the view of Anjali Sen, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative in the country, who’s in Geneva ahead of a High Level pledging conference on Tuesday, to try and pull Yemen back from the brink of famine. UN Secretary-General António Guterres will chair the event on behalf of the war-stricken Arab state where 19 million are in need of aid, and seven million face starvation. Ms Sen told May Yaacoub that the lives of around 52,000 pregnant Yemeni women were under immediate threat, due to complications they face giving birth.

Information is power for indigenous women of the Americas

NOTIMIA members Guadalupe Martinez from Mexico and Nidia Bustillos Rodriguez from Bolivia. Photo: UN News/D. Penn

Indigenous women from the Americas are creating their own media to tell their stories and preserve the traditional knowledge of their people. That’s according to Nidia Bustillos Rodriguez, a representative of NOTIMIA, a news agency created by women journalists of indigenous or African descent from Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Brazil. Thirteen members of the organization are in New York for the latest session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues which this year celebrates a decade since the signing of the UN declaration on indigenous rights. Ms Bustillo Rodriguez told Dianne Penn of NOTIMIA’s plans to go global.

Women “more vulnerable” to disaster impact, with some exceptions

Jacinda Fairholm (left) and Virginia Clerveaux. UN Photo/Matt Wells.

Women continue to be “more vulnerable” to the impacts of disaster, but in some countries its men who are more of a concern. That was one of the surprising perspectives to emerge from a discussion on the empowerment of women and girls, which took place at the recent Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas, in Canada. Virginia Clerveaux, Director of the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies for the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean, said that her government’s been trying to empower more men, following years of successfully encouraging women into disaster preparedness. Matthew Wells caught up with her after the session, along with Jacinda Fairholm, Regional Adviser in Disaster Risk Reduction for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), based in Panama.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira

Production Assistant: Sandra Guy

Duration: 10’00″

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