UNIFEM Releases Video Series On Gender And The MDGs


In time for the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals 2010, UNIFEM (part of UN Women), in collaboration with UNTV, has produced a series of five videos highlighting select MDGs from a gender perspective. Introduced by internationally renowned TV journalist Daljit Dhaliwal, all videos are now available for download in English, French, Spanish and Russian (all languages). For DVDs, please contact Jaya Jiwatram, [ Click to reveal ].

MDG 1: Cambodia
Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger
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Eradicating extreme hunger and poverty is a key focus of the Millennium Development Goals set in 2000 by world leaders at the United Nations. Secure employment is critical to overcome poverty, yet worldwide 60 percent of people are working without a formal contract or social security protection. The majority of them are women and too often their labour rights are exploited.  But one idea showing promise can be found in the homes of women in Cambodia. We travelled to Phnom Penh to see how the rights of home-based women workers are being protected, providing the women with a ladder out of severe poverty.

MDG 3: Liberia
Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
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Liberia - it was a country engulfed in war, its women bearing the brunt of the conflict. While peace finally did come, the legacy of violence against women continues to haunt the country. But Liberia's women are now taking positions of power and filling roles usually dominated by men. We look now at how women in decision-making positions are helping to pave a new path to their country's future.

MDG 6: Botswana
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Botswana, in Southern Africa, reportedly has one of the highest HIV and AIDS prevalence rates in the world. Especially hard hit are the women in rural areas, who cannot access medical care. While there still is a very long way to go, new methods for delivering services and information to hard-to-reach women is starting to make a difference.

MDG 7: Colombia
Ensure Environmental Sustainability
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Climate change in parts of the world can lead to an increased struggle to grow food and the displacement of populations. This is the case in Northern Colombia among the indigenous Wayuu people, where desert conditions have been exacerbated in recent years. As in many parts of the world, it is the Wayuu women who feed their families and provide water - and they are struggling to ensure their community's very survival despite dwindling water resources.

The Missing MDG Target: Violence against Women
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Tragically, up to three-quarters of women and girls worldwide experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. And the effect on the millions of girls and women who are abused is devastating - not just on them personally, but also on their ability to fully participate in the development of their countries. Unless violence against women is curbed, meeting all of the eight Millennium Development Goals will be impossible.

UNIFEM (part of UN Women) is the women's fund at the United Nations. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programmes and strategies to foster women's empowerment and gender equality. Placing the advancement of women's human rights at the centre of all of its efforts, UNIFEM focuses its activities on reducing feminized poverty; ending violence against women; reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS among women and girls; and achieving gender equality in democratic governance in times of peace as well as war. For more information, visit www.unifem.org. UNIFEM, 304 East 45th Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10017. Tel: +1 212 906-6400. Fax: +1 212 906-6705.