SOUTH SUDAN / INTERNATIONAL WOMEN DAY

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In the town of Yambio, the capital of Western Equatoria State of South Sudan, women and girls came together in a celebration of their culture as well as their contribution to their communities and country on International Women’s Day. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
TRT: 03:20
SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 10 MARCH 2020, YAMBIO, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, people dancing
2. Various shots, a townhall
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Victoria Yotoma, Women’s Empowerment Center, Yambio:
“We are advocating for the rights of women to own plots, even land for businesses, big potion of land for agriculture and any other investment. It’s our legal right as women. Not only that, we are also advocating at the family level, the harmful tradition should be really abolished whereby the father can only allot piece of land for his sons, leaving the daughter. They claim to be saying, she will be married off, she needs not to own a land, but she has a legal right as any other living being like a boy to own the land.”
4. Wide shot, women seated at a panel discussion
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Muchiri Murenga, UNMISS head of field office in Yambio:
“For the women, you should only look at the 35 percent as a minimum guarantee in the revitalized peace agreement. You should strive for more, aim for gender parity. Project the 35 percent and ensure that the 35 percent enacted at all levels but aim higher.”
6. Various shots, women playing a football match
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Muchiri Murenga, UNMISS head of field office in Yambio:
“We are fully committed to the agenda of women’s rights, women’s empowerment and gender equality. At the field office, the UN agencies, funds and programmes, the humanitarian and development partners are with you in ensuring that we fully support and will work with you as we have been in engagement of this important sector.”
8. Various shots, girls playing boruboru, a local sport in South Sudan

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In the town of Yambio, the capital of Western Equatoria State of South Sudan, women and girls came together in a celebration of their culture as well as their contribution to their communities and country on International Women’s Day.

Women in South Sudan suffered immense harm during the five-year conflict. Many were subjected to physical and sexual violence, lost their husbands and children, were forced to flee their homes and were denied access to education and healthcare.

The signing of a peace deal last year has given them hope that they may finally get to look forward to a brighter future where they get the opportunities, they deserve to reach their full potential and to be treated equally to men in this traditionally patriarchal society.

SOUNDBITE (English) Victoria Yotoma, Women Empowerment Center, Yambio:
“We are advocating for the rights of women to own plots, even land for businesses, big potion of land for agriculture and any other investment. It’s our legal right as women. Not only that, we are also advocating at the family level, the harmful tradition should be really abolished whereby the father can only allot piece of land for his sons, leaving the daughter. They claim to be saying, she will be married off, she needs not to own a land, but she has a legal right as any other living being like a boy to own the land.”

The women joined with their male counterparts to debate gender equality under the theme: “Each for Equal: Implement 35 percent Affirmative Action for Peace and Development”. The 35 percent figure refers to a clause in the peace deal which guarantees this level of representation for women in the new transitional government.

SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Muchiri Murenga, UNMISS head of field office Yambio:
“For the women, you should only look at the 35 per cent as a minimum guarantee in the revitalized peace agreement. You should strive for more, aim for gender parity. Project the 35 per cent and ensure that the 35 per cent enacted at all levels but aim higher.”

The women and girls proved, not only their debating skills, but also their athletic prowess in a special event organized by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan to support gender equality in the country. The Head of the Mission called on all those present to advocate for, and protect, women’s rights.

SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Muchiri Murenga, UNMISS head of field office Yambio:
“We are fully committed to the agenda of women’s rights, women’s empowerment and gender equality. At the field office, the UN agencies, funds and programmes, the humanitarian and development partners are with you in ensuring that we fully support and will work with you as we have been in engagement of this important sector.”

While these young women have borne the greatest burden of the conflict, they remain strong, smart, resilient and proud. They have the determination to succeed in life. All they now are the same rights and opportunities.
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