UN Gender Focus: Cancer in people under 40, Sexual Abuse in Iraq and a UN Police Chief

10 November 2017

Prevention and timely diagnosis needed to combat cancer in people under 40

There is urgent need for more adequate measures to prevent cancer among people aged 20 to 39.  The call has been made by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO).  Globally, there were one million new cancer cases among this age group in 2012, as well as 400,000 cancer-related deaths, according to a recent IARC report.  The majority of those affected were women.  Dianne Penn has been speaking to the lead author, Dr Miranda Fidler.


Photo: UN Women/Jodie Mann

Sexual abuses in Iraq “perpetrated frequently”: UN expert

In Iraq, investigating the numerous and unique cases of sexual violence has been a “very difficult” experience.  That’s according to Rabiaa, former investigator for UN Women missions in Iraq and Syria on sexual violence in conflict-related areas.  Her hope is that the database of collected cases she helped form, will be useful for studying and preventing this “world problem,” that extends beyond conflict zones.  Rabiaa talked to Agnese Pastorino about the strategies and findings of her research.



Priscilla Makotose (centre), Police Commissioner for the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) speaking with UN News’s Agnes Pastorino (right). UN News /Nam Cho

“Building peace” and “bringing hope” are key: UN Police chief

“Building peace” and “bringing hope” are at the core of UN Police work, says the highest-ranking woman police officer serving in the UN system.  Priscilla Makotose, is Police Commissioner for the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), and was appointed in March last year.  She says that professionalism, integrity, and honesty lie at the heart of the job, together with applying a “zero-tolerance” approach to preventing sexual exploitation and abuse.  Ms Makotose told Agnese Pastorino during her visit to UN Headquarters in New York for ‘Police Week’, that she wants to share the "joy" and "satisfaction she gets from the job, with others.

Presenter:  Natalie Hutchison

Production Assistant: Fatima E. Mendez

Duration: 10’00″

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