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Life | Balancing Acts

In Pakistan, seventeen-year-old Hina is challenging tradition to complete her education. In Afghanistan, returning refugees like Maa Gul want the government to honour their right to shelter. In Kenya, Rose, who is HIV-positive, is championing widows’ rights to independence. And in Nigeria, market trader Tematayo is demanding the government acknowledge her worth as a successful businesswoman. Hina, Maa Gul, Rose and Tematayo are just four of the millions of women that 179 leaders at the International Conference on Population and Development set out to help ten years ago in Cairo, signing agreements linking women’s rights to the reduction of poverty – rights including receiving the same education as boys; playing a full part in economic life; being free from all sexual discrimination and violence; and having basic shelter. In the first of two programmes on the 10th anniversary of the Cairo Conference, Life visits women in four countries to explore what has, and hasn’t, changed.

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