UN in the News, April 27, 2010

Kabul: women raising their children behind bars

Posted: 27 Apr 2010 12:57 AM PDT

In Afghanistan, hundreds of women sentenced to serve prison terms have no choice but to take their children along. Many suffer from the complications of raising young children behind bars, in addition to added challenges of life in prison. A video feature produced by the United Nations television lo…

In drought-stricken Kenya, improving water access means empowering women

Posted: 27 Apr 2010 12:55 AM PDT

Date: 27 Apr 2010 Source: World Bank

Ghanaian female peacekeepers join UNAMID

Posted: 27 Apr 2010 12:55 AM PDT

Fifty female police advisors from Ghana deployed to Darfur on Sunday, bringing the total number of Ghanaian women officers in UNAMID to 110.

De-Linking Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting from Islam in North East Kenya

Posted: 27 Apr 2010 12:54 AM PDT

MADOGO (near Garissa), North East Province, Kenya — In the scorching heat of the midday sun, shaded by the horizontal branches of a dende tree, village elders and women leaders from five communities listened intently as a religious scholar analyzed the religious implications and health problems associated with female genital mutilation/cutting. “Many Imams have studied this issue thoroughly, and they agree: Islam calls for the circumcision of men, but not for women,” Sheikh Abdullahii Gudow explained to the group, who eke out a subsistence from farming and trading with the nomadic pastoralists who make up most of the inhabitants of the expansive and arid North East Province.

International seminar puts girls’ rights in the spotlight as key to development

Posted: 26 Apr 2010 05:14 PM PDT

NEW YORK, 26 April 2010 – International experts have gathered in New York this week to find new ways to strengthen the rights of adolescent girls.

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