UN Gender Focus: reproductive rights, women police officers and solar energy

Zimbabwe activist champions sexual reproductive rights for women

Young girls in Zimbabwe struggle with issues ranging from early pregnancy to accessing sexual reproductive services, a young activist has said. Annah Sango, advocacy officer for Africa Young Positives, is in New York to attend a High-Level event in the UN General Assembly on ending AIDS. A political declaration was adopted on Wednesday, setting new time-limited targets to end the epidemic as a public health threat, by 2030. A motivational speaker and life coach, she started her own community-based support group for women affected by HIV. Speaking to Jocelyne Sambira, Ms Sango began by explaining why the conference was important to her and the young girls she works with.

Countries urged to send more women police officers to Darfur

More women police officers are needed in Darfur to help protect millions of people displaced by conflict. The appeal has been made by Priscilla Makotose, Police Commissioner at the hybrid UN-African Union mission there, known as UNAMID. She said although women comprise the majority of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Darfur, women police officers make up just two per cent of the mission’s Formed Police Units (FPUs). Daniel Dickinson caught up with Ms Makotose during her recent visit to UN Headquarters to attend a global summit of police chiefs. She began by talking about what it is like to work for peace in Darfur.

 

Solar energy: A catalyst for transforming lives in West Africa

Solar energy is lighting the pathway to a better future for rural youth and women in West Africa; that’s according to an engineer from Burkina Faso who attended a recent UN conference in Turkey devoted to the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The young people are being trained to install and maintain solar panels, water heaters and other items through a project called MAMA-LIGHT for Sustainable Energy.Princess Abze Djigma, founder of Abze Solar which produces the MAMA-LIGHT line of products, is behind the initiative.Princess Abze spoke to Reem Abaza who began by asking her if there was a conflict between the need for companies to be profitable as well as socially responsible.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira

Production Assistant: Ana Carmo

Duration: 10’00″

Source:  United Nations Radio.

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