SOUTH SUDAN / WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

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Advocacy efforts to have women included in leadership roles in South Sudan have yielded fruits in the Lakes area, with the appointment of two women - one to head the regional ministry of education and other to take a seat at the traditional court. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGE: DINKA /ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 4 NOVEMBER 2019, RUMBEK, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Pan left, women talking to each other
2. Med shot, woman holding a dove in hands
3. Wide shot, woman placing the dove on the shoulders of the deputy governor.
4. Various shots, women dancing and singing
5. SOUNDBITE (Dinka) Ayor Achor Kuer, Member of the Traditional Court:
“I will not fear presenting women’s issues even if I am the only woman among men. I believe this initiative by Western Lakes State will be replicated everywhere in Lakes region so that women are appointed to serve as members of traditional courts. People of Western Lakes are law abiding citizens. And as you know, law makes people to live peacefully. I also don’t want to be the only woman representing women. I am appealing to the government and traditional authority to appoint more women to administer justice at various levels.”
6. Various shots, woman knitting
7. SOUNDBITE (English) AYEN MAJOK DENG, Minister of Education, Western Lakes Region:
“Not only am I a female minister, but also a young minister. So, my position means that I represent both the youth and women. It means a lot to the women in Western Lakes and the girls, especially the young girls. It will encourage them to go to school and study hard, so it is more like [I am] a role model to the women of Western Lakes State.”
8. Med shot, women sitting
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Caroline Opok, Head of Relief, Reintegration and Protection Unit at Rumbek Office of UNMISS:
“This particular workshop was looking at how women pre-position themselves for the 35 percent in the revitalized peace agreement, but the discussion is also that, beyond the revitalized peace agreement – beyond the 36 months, what more are the women supposed to do, because women need to not stop within the 36 months. So, the view is how are the women, how is the State and everybody involved going to help the women to really empower themselves, because the empowerment is the issue. What is the education, what are the economic activities, and how are they positioned to support each other to [rise] to heights?”
10. Various shots, women singing in a circle

STORYLINE:

A gathering of women in Rumbek celebrated the appointment of two female leaders to key functions.

They are saying “Thank you” to the male-dominated local leadership of the area, for making this possible, by placing a dove - a universal symbol of peace, on the shoulder of the Deputy Governor in appreciation of the new appointments.

The two historic appointments are those of the first-ever female within the traditional court, and that of a youthful female at the helm of the Ministry of Education in the regional government.

Ayor Achor Kuer, the area’s first ever female who will work within the traditional court in hopes to make a difference, especially in cases which have been driven by bias and stereotypes against women in the community. In South Sudan, men have dominated the running of traditional courts, and have made rulings in cases involving crimes against women – like sexual assaults and other kinds of gender-based violence.

SOUNDBITE (Dinka) Ayor Achor Kuer, Member of the Traditional Court:
“I will not fear presenting women’s issues even if I am the only woman among men. I believe this initiative by Western Lakes State will be replicated everywhere in Lakes region so that women are appointed to serve as members of traditional courts. People of Western Lakes are law abiding citizens. And as you know, law makes people to live peacefully. I also don’t want to be the only woman representing women. I am appealing to the government and traditional authority to appoint more women to administer justice at various levels.”

Separately, Ayen Majok Deng, has recently been sworn in as the first female State Minister of Education.

SOUNDBITE (English) AYEN MAJOK DENG, Minister of Education, Western Lakes Region:
“Not only am I a female minister, but also a young minister. So, my position means that I represent both the youth and women. It means a lot to the women in Western Lakes and the girls, especially the young girls. It will encourage them to go to school and study hard, so it is more like [I am] a role model to the women of Western Lakes State.”

A large percentage of women in South Sudan have traditionally been marginalized, with very few going to school, disadvantaging their prospects for being qualified to take on key appointments.

At a side event organized as part of a workshop by the Gender Affairs Section of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, the two women together with others in the community celebrated their new-found responsibilities.

SOUNDBITE (English) Caroline Opok, Head of Relief, Reintegration and Protection Unit at Rumbek Office of UNMISS:
“This particular workshop was looking at how women pre-position themselves for the 35 percent in the revitalized peace agreement, but the discussion is also that, beyond the revitalized peace agreement – beyond the 36 months, what more are the women supposed to do, because women need to not stop within the 36 months. So, the view is how are the women, how is the State and everybody involved going to help the women to really empower themselves, because the empowerment is the issue. What is the education, what are the economic activities, and how are they positioned to support each other to [rise] to heights?”

The country’s year-old revitalized peace agreement, penned in Ethiopia in September 2018, allows for a 35 percent representation of women at various levels, and the appointment of these female leaders in key positions is an indication that women’s participation is being recognized.
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