LEBANON / GRANDI FORE REFUGEE WOMEN

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08-Mar-2018 00:02:23
On International Women’s Day, UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Executive Director of UNICEF listened to refugee women from Syria who aim to inspire and empower other refugee women. UNHCR

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STORY: LEBANON / GRANDI FORE REFUGEE WOMEN
TRT: 02:23
SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 08 MARCH 2018, BEKAA, BAR ELIAS, LEBANON

SHOTLIST:

1. Various shots, refugee women from Syria arriving in the car
2. Med shot, women chatting outside ten
3. Close up, woman chatting
4. Close up, refugee woman Kholoud
5. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Kholoud Saied, Refugee Woman from Syria:
‘’On International Women’s Day I would like to say to every woman, be strong, be yourself and don’t let anyone make decisions for you.’’
6. Wide shot, High Commissioner getting inside the tent
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF:
“What would be the two most important questions they get asked?”
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Kholoud Saied, Refugee Woman from Syria:
‘’The most important topics are early marriage, violence against women and women’s rights.
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees:
’’Early marriage is also a result of different lack of opportunities. So if you don’t have opportunities, early marriage becomes the only opportunity.’’
10. Wide shot, refugee women listening to the High Commissioner
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hanan, Refugee Woman from Syria:
‘’Sometimes it is because of war and traditions. Sometimes it is due to poverty.’’
12. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Kholoud Saied, Refugee Woman from Syria:
‘’The course we are giving is very important for refugee women. It makes them aware of their rights and it pushes them to keep going. What they’ve been through shouldn’t hold them back.’’
13. Wide shot, women walking outside the tent
14. Wide shot, women entering tent
15. Wide shot, women inside tent
16. Close up, refugee woman’s face
17. Wide shot, women inside the tent
18. Med shot, Sham listening to another woman speaking
19. Wide shot, inside the tent
20. Close up,Sham
21. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sham, Kholoud’s Daughter:
‘’On International Women’s Day I have message for girls my age, continue your education. Learn to say no if you don’t want to get married. Be confident. No one can stop you. You are capable. Be determined.’’
22. SOUNDBITE (English and Arabic) Kholoud and Sham:
‘’Happy Women’s Day.”

STORYLINE:

A group of refugee women from Syria is touring refugee camps in eastern Lebanon to empower women like themselves to stand up for their rights.

They met at a UNHCR-supported focus group three years ago. They shared their experiences with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and the Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Henrietta H. Fore, on International Women’s Day.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Kholoud Saied, Refugee Woman from Syria:
‘’On International Women’s Day I would like to say to every woman, be strong, be yourself and don’t let anyone make decisions for you.’’

They met at a UNHCR-supported women’s focus group 3 years ago.

It changed their lives.

An experience they enthusiastically shared with the heads of two UN agencies.

SOUNDBITE (English) Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF: “What would be the two most important questions they get asked?”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Kholoud Saied, Refugee Woman from Syria:
“The most important topics are early marriage, violence against women and women’s rights.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees: ‘’Early marriage is also a result of different lack of opportunities. So if you don’t have opportunities, early marriage becomes the only opportunity.’’

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hanan, Refugee Woman from Syria:
‘’Sometimes it is because of war and traditions. Sometimes it is due to poverty.’’

The women travel to refugee settlements bringing a clear message.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Kholoud Saied, Refugee Woman from Syria:
“The course we are giving is very important for refugee women. It makes them aware of their rights and it pushes them to keep going. What they’ve been through shouldn’t hold them back.”

The women say even if one refugee woman has been helped, they feel they have made a difference.

But they want to reach everyone.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sham, Kholoud’s Daughter:
‘’On International Women’s Day I have a message for girls my age: continue your education. Learn to say no if you don’t want to get married. Be confident. No one can stop you. You are capable. Be determined.’’

SOUNDBITE (English and Arabic) Kholoud and Sham:
‘’Happy Women’s Day!”

This year’s International Women’s Day comes on the heels of a powerful global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. Its theme – “Time is Now” – comes at the right moment.

And it also echoes UNHCR’s firm commitment to uphold the rights of women and girls, and to ensure that our work to secure protection and solutions for displaced and stateless people takes full account of age, gender and diversity.
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