SOMALIA / WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY

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As part of the observance of World Humanitarian Day, Somalia highlighted the contribution made by women humanitarians to peacebuilding efforts in the country. UNSOM

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STORY: SOMALIA / WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY
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SOURCE: UNSOM
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 19 AUGUST 2019, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, guests at the event to mark the World Humanitarian Day in Mogadishu
2. Med shot, Werner Schultink, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Country Representative for Somalia attending
3. Wide shot, representatives from non-government organisations at the event
4. Close up, guest at the event
5. Med shot, guests at the event
6. Wide shot, guests at the event
7. Wide shot, guests listening to the speech by the Somali Federal Minister of Humanitarian Coordination and Disaster Management, Hamza Said Hamza
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Hamza Said Hamza, Somalia’s Federal Minister of Humanitarian Coordination and Disaster Management:
"As a government, we salute the women working in the humanitarian sector and acknowledge that they have fundamental challenges such as insecurity, patriarchal attitudes and harassment on a daily basis. They face tremendous challenges on the ground. I am convinced that we need to use a real platform to address these challenges for the women field."
9. Pan shot, guests at the event
10. Close up, a guest taking notes during the event
11. Close up, guests listening to Werner Schultink, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Country Representative for Somalia
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Werner Schultink, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Country Representative for Somalia
“Evidence shows that when women are involved in humanitarian action, including at the decision-making level and at the leadership levels, the humanitarian response is more effective and also more inclusive. This is why many humanitarian organisations including the UN, are striving to achieve gender parity,”
13. Med shot, guests listening to a speech at the event
14. Wide shot, Abigail Hartley, the Deputy Head of Office-UNOCHA Somalia listening
15. Med shot, Somali women leaders at the event
16. Wide shot, guests at the event
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina Haji Elmi, Founder of NGO Save Somalia Women and Children:
"To be a female aid worker in Somalia a lot. It is an opportunity, risky and challenging. It is an opportunity to reach out to women, children and the elderly affected by disasters and respond to their needs."
18. Med shot, guests taking notes during the event
19. Close up shot, a guest listening during the event
20. Wide shot, guests at the event
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Nasra Ismail, Director of Somalia Non-Governmental Consortium:
"A day like today, is a bright one even amongst the people we have unfortunately lost this year. However, we are still grateful and we are going to keep the charge going and our light will not deem until we can work so that they are able to live their lives fully."
22. Wide shot, guests at the event to mark the World Humanitarian Day
23. Med shot, Aisha Ashur Ugas, a civil society activist receiving a certificate in recognition of her humanitarian work
24. Med shot, Deqa Yasin, the Somali Federal Minister of Women and Human Rights Development
25. Close up, certificate
26. Wide shot, Aisha Ashur Ugas receiving a certificate


STORYLINE:

As part of the observance of World Humanitarian Day, Somalia today highlighted the contribution made by women humanitarians to peacebuilding efforts in the country.

Somalia’s Minister of Humanitarian Coordination and Disaster Management, Hamza Said Hamza said, “as the government of Somalia, we salute the women working in the humanitarian sector and despite the challenges they are facing, their courage and patriotism in serving this country is an effort worth emulating.”

The minister was speaking in the capital, Mogadishu, at a celebration of the Day, organized by the federal government with the support of various UN agencies, including the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Speaking on behalf of the UN system in Somalia, the representative of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Werner Schultink, called for more involvement of women in humanitarian activities and flagged that there was proof that humanitarian responses were more effective when women are active players in the decision-making processes.

Schultink said, “evidence shows that when women are involved in humanitarian action, including at the decision-making level, the humanitarian response is more effective.”

The theme of this year’s World Humanitarian Day 2019 is centred around honouring the work of women in crises throughout the world, recognizing that they make up a large number of those who risk their own lives to save others and are often the first to respond in crises and the last to leave.

At today’s celebration a veteran activist and humanitarian worker, Aisha Shaur Ugas, was nominated as Somalia’s humanitarian person of the year for her role in championing the rights of women and children and advocating for gender equality. Her colleague, Amina Haji Elmi, the founder of Save Somali Women and Children (SSWC), was also cited for her role in aiding victims of gender-based violence.

In her remarks to the gathering, the director of the Somalia Non-governmental Organization Consortium, Nasra Ali Ismail, described Elmi and Ugas as patriots for opting to work in Somalia during its civil war while some of their colleagues sought refuge in foreign countries.

Ismail went on to note how women humanitarians sustained communities during the civil war by taking care of families and providing for vulnerable groups, while the men were away fighting.

She said, “since most of our men were either involved in the conflict or were also victims in one way or another, women were at the forefront in supporting children, women and the elderly who could only flee from their homes to seek safety.”

Ismail added that Somali women also contributed to peacebuilding by playing an informal role in conflict resolution between and within Somali clans during the height of the civil war.

While thanking participants for honouring her work, Elmi urged women humanitarians to continue fighting for vulnerable members of society despite the cultural and socio-economic challenges they may face.

Amina said, “although it is an honour to serve in the humanitarian sector in Somalia, it is at the same time risky, especially when dealing with sensitive violations such as rape and sexual violence in Somalia,” “adding that “our field monitors and psychosocial support providers – who are mainly women –continue to face threats and pressure from different groups in Somalia.”

Celebrated every year on 19 August, World Humanitarian Day is aimed at honouring humanitarian efforts and advocating for the safety and security of humanitarian aid workers, and for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises.

The date was chosen in relation to a terrorist attack on the UN offices in Baghdad on 19 August 2003, which killed 22 UN workers, including the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to Iraq, Sérgio Vieira de Mello.
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