SOMALIA / GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

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26-Nov-2018 00:01:46
Launching the annual 16-day campaign of activism against gender-based violence yesterday in the Somali capital, the deputy UN chief for Somalia called upon the country’s government and all other actors to strengthen preventative measures and ensure that the necessary legal provisions and services are in place to discourage gender-based violence. UNSOM

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STORY: SOMALIA / GENDER BASED VIOLENCE
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DATELINE: 25 NOVEMBER 2018, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

1. Wide shot, press briefing
2. Med shot, de Clercq, and Amina Haji Elmi, the Director of the Save Somali Women and Children Organisation (SSWC)
3. Wide shot, journalists listening
4. Med shot, cameras
5. Med shot, UNSOM Spokesperson invites de Clercq to speak
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Peter de Clercq, Deputy UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia:
“Today we call on the Federal Government of Somalia, the Federal Member States and all other national and international actors to play a vital role in creating awareness, providing legal and medical aid, and facilitating access to services for those who are the most vulnerable, in line with the principles of leaving no one behind.”
7. Wide shot, press briefing
8. Close up, interpreter
9. Wide shot, press briefing
10. Med shot, cameras
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Jebbeh Forster, The Regional Governance, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action Issues Advisor, UN WOMEN:
“When we consider the fact that we have high maternal mortality rates, could that be linked to child marriage? Could that be linked to issues of complications of FGM? It is time to critically look at some of those things that put women and girls at a disadvantage. As UN WOMEN we want to say that we stand with Somalia, we stand with the women of Somalia, we stand with the women of Africa and we stand with women globally to end violence against women. It's a scourge that cuts across culture, it cuts across economic status, social status and is a global phenomenon. And unless there is a global coalition to end violence against women and girls, it will never end”.
12. Various shots, press briefing

STORYLINE:

The annual 16-day campaign of activism against gender-based violence was launched at a press briefing Sunday (25 Nov) in the Somali capital. Global in scope, the campaign seeks to raise awareness on the need to end violence against women and girls and is led by the UN Women agency with participation from the entire United Nations family, national governments, civil society and the private sector.

The UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, said more needs to be done to strengthen preventative measures and ensure that the necessary legal provisions and services are in place to discourage gender-based violence.

De Clercq said “Today, we call on the Federal Government of Somalia, the Federal Member States and all other national and international actors to play a vital role in creating awareness, providing legal and medical aid, and facilitating access to services to those who are the most vulnerable.”

Jebbeh Forster, a UN Women Regional Policy Advisor on governance, peace and security and humanitarian action issues, said gender-based violence in Somalia has deepened the cycle of poverty for women and girls and hindered their empowerment.

She singled out the high incidence of child marriages and high maternal mortality rates in the country as the most serious challenges facing Somali women and girls today. The UN estimates that at least 45 per cent of women in Somalia between the ages of 20 and 24 years are married off before their eighteenth birthday.

The launch of the campaign coincides with today’s observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The campaign will end on December 10, when International Human Rights Day is commemorated.

“As UN Women, we want to say that we stand with the women of Somalia, we stand with the women of Africa and we stand with women globally to end violence against women,” stated Forster. “It's a scourge that cuts across culture, it cuts across economic status, social status, and it is a global phenomenon. And unless there is a global coalition to end violence against women and girls, it will never end.”

The campaign will highlight numerous challenges facing women and girls in Somalia. Persisting conflict and humanitarian disaster are said to worsen already dismal indicators for women’s empowerment and gender equality. Out of the 4.2 million persons needing humanitarian assistance in Somalia, about half are women and girls. Humanitarian actors estimate that 2.6 million people are internally displaced in Somalia – and women and girls living in displaced communities are more vulnerable to gender-based violence than those living in stable communities.
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