SOMALIA / INTERNATIONAL WOMEN DAY

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The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating, praised the vital contribution of Somali women in promoting peace and holding families together during an event held today at Somali National University to mark International Women’s Day. UNSOM

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STORY: SOMALIA / INTERNATIONAL WOMEN DAY
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / SOMALI / NATS

DATELINE: 08 MARCH 2018, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

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1. Wide shot, International Women’s Day banner, at Somali National University
2. Wide shot, students from Somali National University walking to the podium for a presentation during the event to mark International Women’s Day
3. Close up, student from Somali National University singing during the event to mark International Women’s Day
4. Med shot, students from Somali National University singing during the event to mark International Women’s Day
5. Close up, UN envoy Michael Keating listening during the event to mark International Women’s Day
6. Wide shot, students and guests listening during the event to mark International Women’s Day
7. Med shot, students from Somali National University singing during the event to mark international Women’s Day
8. Wide shot, students listening during the event to mark International Women’s Day
9. Med shot, student from Somali National University singing during the event to mark International Women’s Day
10. Wide shot, students and guests applauding during the event to mark International Women’s Day
11. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Michael Keating, UN Special Envoy for Somalia:
“If anyone doubts the importance of the role of women, just look at the role that women, you women, and your mothers, and your sisters, and your grandparents, and your grandmothers have played in holding families together, in holding communities together, in fighting for peace, in maintaining the ability of Somalis to cope during 20, 30 years of conflict. Even though progress is being made and the role of women is being acknowledged, we have a very long way to go here in Somalia.”
12. Wide shot, UN Envoy, Michael Keating talking to the Rector of the Somali National University, Mohamed Ahmed Jimale
13. Med shot, UN Envoy, Michael Keating greeting a young girl during the event to mark International Women’s Day
14. Med shot, students and guests listening during the event to mark International Women’s Day
15. SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Mohamed Ahmed Jimale, Rector of Somali National University:
“Nobody can hide the full moon with their hand. The Somali woman is like a full moon. We knew this when the country descended into civil war.”
16. Med shot, guests listening during the event to mark International Women’s Day
17. Close up, guest listening during the event to mark International Women’s Day
18. Med shot, The Dean of the Faculty of Education Fawzia Warsame flanked by students and guests listening during the event to mark International Women’s Day
19. SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Fawzia Warsame, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Somali National University:
“I would say Somali women have different intelligence, education, development, experience and personalities but they are united in one thing, to develop Somalia, to stand for the nation, to serve and do well. We’re united on these issues.”
20. Med shot, students from Somali National University applauding during the event to mark International Women’s Day
21. Wide shot, UN envoy flanked by the Rector of the Somali National University Prof Mohamed Ahmed Jimale and other guests and students listening during the event to mark International Women’s Day
22. Med shot, student from Somali National University singing during the event to mark International Women’s Day
23. Wide shot, students, University officials and guests listening during the event to mark International Women’s Day
24. Med shot, student from Somali National University singing during the event to mark International Women’s Day
25. SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Neema Abukar Elmi, Somali National University Student:
“I’m happy to celebrate this International Women’s Day on March 8. As a Somali woman, I can’t capture in words the role of the Somali woman in the development of the nation. She is the backbone of the society.”
26. SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Sulekha Muhidin Ibrahim, Somali National University Student:
“We’re joining the rest of the world to celebrate the International Women’s Day. I want to emphasise the role of women in every aspect. They play a good role in development. I want the world to know girls are the backbone of development and peace.”
27. Med shot, UN Envoy, flanked by the Dean of the Faculty of Education, The Rector of Somali National University and students posing for group photo

STORYLINE:

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating, praised the vital contribution of Somali women in promoting peace and holding families together during an event held today at Somali National University to mark International Women’s Day.

Keating told a gathering of students and faculty members “if anyone doubts the importance of the role of women, just look at the role that you women, and your mothers, and your sisters, and your grandmothers have played in holding families together, in holding communities together, in fighting for peace, in maintaining the ability of Somalis to cope during 20, 30 years of conflict.”

The special envoy welcomed the growing numbers of women who are participating in Somali politics and pursuing university educations. But he also noted that Somali women continue to face many obstacles preventing them from achieving full gender equality.

Keating said “even though progress is being made and the role of women is being acknowledged, we have a very long way to go here in Somalia.”

The Rector of the Somali National University, Mohamed Ahmed Jimale, echoed the UN envoy’s remarks and hailed the many achievements of Somali women in the years following the collapse of the country’s government in 1991.

He said “we knew this when the country descended into civil war,” adding that “woman is like a full moon, and nobody can hide the full moon with his hand.”

The dean of the university’s education faculty, Fawzia Warsame, said Somali women may hold different views on some issues but they share strong bonds of patriotism.

She added “Somali women have different intelligence, education, development, experience and personalities. But they are united to develop Somalia, to stand for the nation, and to serve.”

Economics student Sulekha Muhidin Ibrahim highlighted the contribution of Somali women towards the reconstruction of their country.

Sulekha said “I want to emphasize the role of women in every aspect. They play a good role in development. I want the world to know girls are the backbone of development and peace.”

The theme for the observance of this year’s International Women’s Day is “Time is now: rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives.” International Women’s Day was adopted as an official United Nations day in 1975.
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