UN Gender Focus: ending violence against women, digital economy and youth unemployment

Violence against women, the worldwide scourge

As many as one in three women continue to be the target of violence all over the world and it’s about time governments took action to stop it. That’s the message from the World Health Organization (WHO), as 16 days of activism against gender-based violence get under way, ahead of Human Rights Day on 10 December. And as WHO spokesperson Fadelah Chaib tells Daniel Johnson, although healthcare workers are often the first people to come into contact with victims, they lack the resources to tackle the problem.

Women face cultural and safety barriers in entering the digital economy

Women are more reluctant to engage in the digital economy because of cultural and safety barriers, coupled with a lack of technical skills. That’s according to Barbara Wanner, Vice President for information, communications and technology (ICT) at the United States Council for International Business. She’s been attending the Internet Governance Forum in Mexico, organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). There, she explained to Jorge Miyares what specific challenges women face in the digital technology field.

“Mismatch” between skills and needs, causing youth unemployment

The “mismatch” between required skills and qualifications in the labour market is the biggest contributor to youth unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa. That’s according to Jasmine Nahhas di Florio, Senior Vice President of Education for Employment (EFE), a non-profit organization providing skill training to unemployed youth in both regions. She says that two-thirds of all women are unemployed and around 26 percent of youth in the Middle East and North Africa overall are jobless. Following a meeting hosted by the UN’s Women’s International Forum (WIF) at UN Headquarters in New York, Ms di Florio told Andita Listyarini about the challenges these young people face.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira

Production Assistant: Sandra Guy

Duration: 10’00

Source: United Nations Radio.

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