SOMALIA / VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

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One hundred Somali women --   dressed in Orange as part of the worldwide Unite to End Violence Against Women --  met in Mogadishu   to organize the local struggle to protect women. UNSOM

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STORY: SOMALIA: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
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SOURCE: UNSOM
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/SOMALI/NATS

DATELINE: 7 DECEMBER 2014 , MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

SHOTLIST:

1.Wide shot; participants receive gifts.
2.Medium shot; folder, pens and notes book handed to participant.
3.Wide shot; participants stand up for the national anthem.
4.Medium shot; musician sings the Somali national anthem.
5.Close up shot; musician playing a kaban (Somali traditional guitar).
6.Wide shot; participants taking their seats.
7.Wide shot; participants listening to speaker.
8.Medium shot; women listen to the speaker.
9.Close up shot; woman listening.
10.Wide shot; guest of honor seated alongside the panelists.
11.Close up shot, SRSG Kay listening.
12. Medium shot; Somalia and UN flag.
13. Wide shot; SRSG Kay addressing the participants.
14.Close up shot; young woman listening to speech.
15.SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG):
“Three things, you as the future of Somalia can do: demand your rights for women’s participation in the political processes, change this habit and custom of female genital mutilation and build trust and confidence in your communities.”
16.Wide shot; translator helping with a question for SRSG Kay.
17.Medium shot; participants listening to translations.
18.Close up shot; translator.
19.Medium shot; women listening.
20.Close up shot; SRSG Kay listening to the participants’ questions.
21.Medium shot; young woman asking a question.
22.Close up shot; woman listening to the speaker.
23.Medium shot; woman asking a question.
24.Wide shot; participants laughing.
25.Close up shot; woman smiling.
26.Wide shot; SRSG Kay answering another question.
27.Medium shot; writing on the back of a t-shirt.
28.SOUNDBITE (English) Gloria Mugarura, Founder, Hope in Life International:
“Today we hosted and organized One Hundred Young Voices Conference Somalia, an initiative supported by UNDP that has brought together one hundred young voices from all over Mogadishu. We mainly targeted university students around Somalia to talk to them about how they can have a (gender) violence free future.”
29.SOUNDBITE (Somali) Hibo Abdirizak Yusuf, University Student:
“One way of reducing gender-based violence against women is by making the people who perpetuate these acts aware that the women they abuse are their mothers, sisters and spouses. It’s important for those to remember that it is even against our culture as Somalis to abuse women, because in our culture women are meant to be protected. If we increase awareness, then I believe this problem of abuse will also be reduced.”
30.SOUNDBITE (Somali) Naima Abdullahi Omar, University Student:
“I believe Somali women are capable of holding public positions. The men have failed to lead because we have been at war for more than 22 years simply because we gave them all the leadership roles. I would like women to be given an opportunity to lead and also to take part in the political process because I believe they can change a lot in Somalia.”
31.Wide shot; SRSG Kay shaking hands with participants and panelists.
32.Medium shot; participants and SRSG Kay leaving the venue.

STORYLINE:

As part of the ongoing global campaign to end violence against women: ‘16 days of Activism 2014, Orange Your Neighbourhood’, one hundred Somali women took part in a conference today. Participants were dressed in orange - the official colour of the ‘Unite to End Violence Against Women’ campaign, which is part of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women that falls on 25 November every year. This gathering, which took place in Mogadishu, was organized by a women’s rights NGO, Hope in Life International, with support from the United Nations Development Programme.

The guest of honour for this year’s event was Nicholas Kay, UN Envoy to Somalia. He encouraged Somali women to fight for their rights.

Kay said, “three things you as the future of Somalia can do are: demand your rights for women’s participation in the political processes, change this habit and custom of female genital mutilation and build trust and confidence in your communities.”

Participants talked about the main challenges facing women, particularly gender-based violence, female genital mutilation, poor maternal care and, a lack of equal opportunities in education and employment.

Gloria Muragura, who founded the host organization said: “Today we hosted and organized the One Hundred Young Voices Conference Somalia, an initiative supported by UNDP that has brought together one hundred young voices from al over Mogadishu. We mainly targeted university students around Somalia, talking to them about how they can have a (gender) violence free future.”

Hibo Abdirizak Yusuf, a university student, said, “One way of reducing gender-based violence against women is by making the people who perpetuate these acts aware that the women they abuse are their mothers, sisters and spouses. It’s important for those to remember that it is even against our culture as Somalis to abuse women, because in our culture women are meant to be protected. If we increase awareness, then I believe this problem of abuse will also be reduced.”

Naima Abdullahi Omar, an economics student from Mogadishu University, calledupon Somali men and the Government to give more leadership roles to women..“I believe Somali women are capable of holding public positions. The men have failed to lead because we have been at war for more than 22 years simply because we gave them all the leadership roles. Now, I would like women to be given an opportunity to lead and to take part in the political process because I believe they can change a lot in Somalia.”

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is aimed at galvanizing action to end violence against women and girls around the world.
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