SOUTH SUDAN / WOMEN PEACE AND SECURITY

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Singing songs in praise of their gender, some 150 women representatives from across South Sudan kicked off a three-day national dialogue session with officials from the United Nations Mission in the country. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / WOMEN PEACE AND SECURITY
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SOURCE: UNMISS
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS
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DATELINE: 13 MARCH 2018, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

SHOTLIST:

1. Various shots, several of women singing in Arabic (The light of women is shining, the light of women is shining…)
2. Wide shot, women in hall
3. Med shot, delegates
4. Med shot, Canadian Ambassador to South Sudan and United Nations Mission in South Sudan Deputy Representative of the Secretary-General to South Sudan Moustapha Soumaré and woman representing Civil Society
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rebecca Yar Dor, Widows and Orphans Agency, Lakes:
“We are saying enough is enough. We want to bring up our children, we have a lot of orphans, we have a lot of widows, we don’t want to add some other widows.”
6.Wide shot, delegates seated at front table
7. Various shots, military women listening
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Lily Albino Akol, Deputy Information Minister:
“When we sit as women, when we talk, when we share ideas, it is something commendable, because this is the only way we can effect change. It is when we come together as a group and when our voice is strong to be heard, and when (then) we can make change. ”
9. Various shots, women seated listening
11. Close up, female soldier listening, tilt down to her note pad
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Moustapha Soumare, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for South Sudan:
“We have seen that through the High-Level Revitalization Forum process – that the moment women came together with one voice, they have been very powerful in terms of, really, moving the different positions, and I have seen that myself, personally when I was in Addis - there were several occasions where there has been difficulty to move from one position to another, and when the women came in – the civil society together, they have been successfully moving then and so forth but most importantly, this dialogue is more than just the High-Level Revitalization Forum, it is about bringing peace to this country.”
13. Various shots, women listening

STORYLINE:

Singing songs in praise of their gender, some 150 women representatives from across South Sudan kicked off a three-day national dialogue session with officials from the United Nations Mission in the country (UNMISS).

The national dialogue being held in the capital Juba, is aimed at raising the voices of women on what they would like articulated at various peace processes.

The South Sudanese women – a cross-section of representatives from the government, civil society, politics, the armed forces, and internally displaced persons – are voicing their urgent need for peace and higher representation in the government so they can effectively ensure basic needs are met for the country’s citizens.

SOUNDBITE (English) Rebecca Yar Dor, Widows and Orphans Agency, Lakes:
“We are saying enough is enough. We want to bring up our children, we have a lot of orphans, we have a lot of widows; we don’t want to add some other widows.”

UN Security Council Resolution 1325, advocates for the increased participation of women in peace negotiations and security, including more numbers in the government and various policy making processes.

SOUNDBITE (English), Lily Albino Akol, Deputy Information Minister:
“When we sit as women, when we talk, when we share ideas, it is something commendable, because this is the only way we can effect change. It is when we come together as a group and when our voice is strong to be heard, and when (then) we can make change. ”

In his opening remarks on behalf of the Head of UNMISS, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, expressed his conviction about the catalytic role women can play in changing South Sudan, and as peacebuilders.

SOUNDBITE (English) Moustapha Soumaré, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for South Sudan:
“We have seen that through the High-Revitalization forum process – that the moment women came together with one voice, they have been very powerful in terms of really moving the different positions, and I have seen that myself personally when I was in Addis - there were several occasions where there has been difficulty to move from one position to another, and when the women came in – the civil society together , they have been successfully moving then and so forth but most importantly, this dialogue is more than just the high level revitalization forum, it is about bringing peace to this country.”

Organized annually by the UN Mission in South Sudan, the United Nations Development Programme and UN Women, in collaboration with the government and the civil society, it is hoped that the South Sudan Open Days Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security, running for the last six years, will be help make a difference as women’s voices inject the much-needed momentum in the ongoing negotiations for peace in the country.
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