The main purpose of the Video of the Month is to provide a source of information and provide a perspective in another form than written text. It is also a way to show images from the real world where situations are displayed as they are. With videos information and perspectives becomes available in an alternative form, where pictures and audio provides the viewer with insights in the current situation for women in a particular location. To access a video is often easier and the combination with images can make it more real and understandable.
In Africa, as in the rest of the world, women are largely underrepresented in the political arena. However 2011 and 2012 saw an unprecedented number of female presidential candidates vying for office. 2012 also ushered in the second female Head of State as well as a female Chairperson of the African Union Commission for the very first time. Furthermore, Rwanda ranks highest in the world in terms of female representation in Parliament with over 50% representation.
Source:UN WEB TV Tunisia -- a country in transition. But while the Revolution brought justice for one young woman, the struggle is ongoing to make sure rights for ALL women are preserved in the new Tunisia. Here's our story...
In South Africa—a country often referred to as the murder and rape capital of the world—one group of women are especially at risk. Lesbians are increasingly the targets of a particularly heinous crime: "curative" or "corrective" rape, which perpetrators believe will change their sexual orientation. We travel to South Africa to meet several survivors, who are speaking out to confront sexual violence and discrimination.
After 10 years of civil war, women farmers in Ivory Coast are fighting poverty and preserving peace by growing high-quality rice seeds. This pest-resistant breed of rice not only doubles their yields and profits - but it also gives them greater independence.
Burundi's civil war may have ended more than a decade ago, but violence in the country continues. Many of its victims are women, whose rights under the law are often ignored. Now a unique legal aid programme is helping thousands of women in the remotest parts of the county, like Maura Ntukamazina, learn about the law and reclaim their rights. Find out about the story of Maura....
Fatou Danso is a farmer.... but she is also The Gambia's first female village chief . Fatou has introduced many other firsts to her village. The land here was once only farmed by men. But now Fatou has distributed the land to women
UNIDO's project in Mali helps women in a poor distant area produce organic shea butter and export tons for further processing in Europe, as part of a consortium with a French cosmetic company. The skills increased with UNIDO's assistance reduce poverty, help local children attend school instead of working with their parents and open the gate of international trade to the women's cooperative in the small village of Dioila.
Jointly developed by the Australian Government's Australian Civil-Military Centre and UN Women, "Side by Side -- Women, Peace and Security" explores how the international community has and can meet its commitments on women, peace and security.
After more than 20 years of civil war and a long struggle for independence, South Sudan officially became Africa's 54th nation on 9 July 2011. In the making of the nation, women played a significant role in achieving independence—making their voices heard, particularly in the political arena...
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