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UN Gender Focus: Indigenous women and girls, fighting gender-based violence and Syrian refugees in Portugal

UN Gender Focus: Indigenous women and girls, fighting gender-based violence and Syrian refugees in Portugal


“Triple discrimination” holds back Indigenous women and girls: FAO

Indigenous women and girls suffer from “triple discrimination” when it comes to their rights and well-being, according to an Advocacy Officer from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Yon Fernandez de Larrinoa was at UN Headquarters in New York, taking part in an event on empowering indigenous women, as part of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which wraps up this week. He said women’s work in farming and food production was often under-valued, or even invisible, when it comes to official statistics and national government efforts towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Matthew Wells asked Mr Fernandez de Larrinoa to outline the unique challenges indigenous women face.

The UNMISS Japanese engineering contingent has been praised for teaching self-defense skills to South Sudanese women. Photo: UNMISS

South Sudan: UN mission teaches women to fight gender-based violence…literally

Women in South Sudan are striking back at sexual and gender-based violence. They have been learning self-defense techniques, giving them the skills to protect themselves against potential attacks.The training was organized by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), with participation from Japanese peacekeepers serving in the country. Dianne Penn reports.

Fatima and her family are making new friends and reviving old passions in Portugal. Photo: Screengrab from UNHCR video.

Syrian refugees cook up new future in Portugal

Cooking is helping a Syrian refugee family to find a place in their new homeland, Portugal. Through a local association that supports refugees, they will launch the first Syrian restaurant in the capital, Lisbon. Seven years of conflict has displaced more than five million people from Syria, with most finding refuge in the region, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Just over 1,200 have settled in Portugal since that country joined the Europe Relocation Programme in December 2015. Ana Carmo reports.

Presenter: Dianne Penn

Production Assistant: Ana Carmo

Duration: 10'00″

Photo Credit
UN News/Matthew Wells