United Nations Radio
By Bissera Kostova and Sandra Guy
Women: a weekly 14-minute news magazine that looks at issues affecting women around the world.
As every year since 2000, when it adopted its historic resolution 1325, calling for women’s participation in peace negotiations and post-conflict recovery, the UN Security Council once again revisited this issue in October. As Ines Alberdi, the head of UNIFEM reminded Security Council members, no peace is complete if, as is often the case, women continue to suffer from violence after the conflict is over and their violators go unpunished. Rachel Mayanja, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Advancement of Women, said women are often a driving force for the prevention and management of conflicts, yet they continue to be marginalized and ignored. The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Alain Le Roy, gave examples of how resolution 1325 has changed the way the UN does business in peacekeeping.
Human Rights of Women in Iran
A recent report by the UN Secretary-General on the human rights situation in Iran reveals a mixed picture when it comes to women’s rights. Women have made gains in health, literacy and education, but continue to suffer discrimination under the law, and the women’s rights movement is enduring increasing crackdowns by the government. Mahnaz Afkhami, founding President of the Women’s Learning Partnership and former Minister of State for Women’s Affairs in Iran comments on some of the issues covered in the Secretary-General’s report.