SOMALIA / WOMEN PEACE AND SECURITY

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Hosting a conference with Somali women leaders on Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, Special Representative Michael Keating, said “the question for us, in this room, today, is how do we translate that into something that delivers real results in Somalia.” UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY
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SOURCE: UNSOM
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / SOMALI / NATS

DATELINE: 13 NOVEMBER 2017, MOGADISHU SOMALIA

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1. Med shot, banner of the SRSG’s open day meeting
2. Wide shot, participants attend meeting
3. Close up, participants attend meeting
4. Close up, participants attend meeting
5. Med shot, participants attend meeting
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Keating, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia:
“Security Council Resolution 1325, which in a way has brought us together today and other resolutions represent a major step forward, a major breakthrough and are my instructions as a representative of the UN. My job is to do everything to fulfill them. But the question for us in this room today is how do we translate that into something that delivers real results in Somalia given Somalia has very specific history, very specific culture.”
7. Med shot, participants attend meeting
8. Close up, Somalia’s Mininter for Youth and Sports, Khadija Mohamed Diriye and a participant
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Keating, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia:
“We owe it to the dead and we owe it to those who have been wounded and to you who have suffered to honour that suffering by achieving results in the area of peace and security and I’m 100 percent sure that women have absolutely central role in doing that.”
10. Med shot, participants at the forum
11. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Khadija Mohamed Diriye, Mininter for Youth and Sports, Somalia:
“I see this forum as an important one and the government has been working on how to include women in participation of security affairs. This forum has come at the right time when government is involving women and the general public to contribute towards security and stabilization of the country in order to realize development.”
12. Wide shot, participants attend the meeting
13. Med shot, participants attend the meeting
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Batula Sheikh Ahmed Gaballe, Chairperson of the Somali National Women Organization:
“In Somalia, women’s political empowerment, particularly their enhanced role in the leadership and decision-making, is closely interlinked with the state of security. Among women who are present in this meeting today, there’s none (of us) who’s not affected by the lack of security in the country.”
15. Med shot, participants attend the meeting
16. Med shot, participants attend the meeting
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Asli Ismail Duale, Women Education and Voicing Entrepreneurship:
“Women’s economic empowerment has to be priority agenda and to discuss technically the best practices; and moving towards the promotion of men’s role in the advancing women’s economic empowerment.”
18. Wide shot, participants at the meeting

STORYLINE:

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Somalia, Michael Keating, hosted Somali women leaders at an open day on the Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

Keating noted that the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 represents a major breakthrough, as it reaffirms the role of women in peace-making, prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, and prevention and protection of women and girls from conflict, and stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts aimed at achieving peace and security.

Speaking to women leaders Keating said “the question for us, in this room, today, is how do we translate that into something that delivers real results in Somalia.”

He said “we owe it to the dead, and we owe it to those who have been wounded, and to you who have suffered, to honour that suffering by achieving results in the area of peace and security, and I am one hundred percent sure that women have absolutely a central role in doing that.”

Resolution 1325 also urges all actors to increase the participation of women, and incorporate gender perspectives in all United Nations’ and countries’ peace and security efforts.

Khadija Mohamed Diriye, Minister of Youth and Sports, said “this forum is being held at the right time, when the government is involving women and the general public to contribute towards security and stabilization of the country in order to realize development.”

The Minister appreciated the Open Day event as important in boosting the Federal Government’s efforts in enhancing women’s participation in peace and security affairs of the country.

The event brought together women from the political arena, civil society, security and the private sector, to deliberate on women’s leadership in peace negotiations and conflict resolution in Somalia.

The chairperson of Somalia National Women Organization, Batula Sheikh Ahmed Gaballe, who played a critical role in the advocacy campaign for the attainment of women’s 30 percent reserved seats in the 2016 electoral process, emphasized on the inter-linkages of women’s political empowerment and leadership and decision-making role and the state of security in the country.

Batula said “in Somalia, women’s political empowerment, particularly their enhanced role in leadership and decision-making, is closely linked with state of security.”

Participants at the Open Day, through the voices of Mina Hassan Mohamed and Farhiya Ali Farah, presented additional statements calling for improved protection of women parliamentarians, and concerted efforts to make Somali a secure and peaceful country.

The Security Council Resolution 1325 also calls on all parties to conflict to take special measures to protect women and girls from sexual and gender-based violence, particularly rape and other forms of sexual abuse, in situations of armed conflict.
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