SUDAN / UNFPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR VISIT

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United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, Dr. Natalia Kanem, wound up a five-day mission to Sudan this week (15 to 19 March). She congratulated the transitional government and the people for the democratic transition underway in the country and the progress that is being made. UNFPA

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DATELINE: 17 MARCH 2021, AD-DAMAZĪN, BLUE NILE STATE, SUDAN

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1. SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):
“Well here we are at the end of a fantastic day, with the communities of Blue Nile State. Walking into a community, which was under tents, I met Aziza.
2. (L-cut) Med shot, Kanem speaking to Aziza
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):
“She is an educated village woman, displaced from her original community, but making a home in Shanisha. And her dream, and her passion, is to be a kindergarten teacher. I also met with very empowered women of this rural community.”
4. (L-cut) Wide shot, Kanem meeting with women
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):
And what really struck me was they’ve organized themselves to manage money, so that they can give transport to pregnant women. Any woman who is in danger of losing her life during childbirth, can be funded to come to the community clinic. And the hospital that I visited was a great example of how UNFPA preserves life, even when a cesarean is needed under difficult circumstances.
6. (L-cut) Med shot, Kanem speaking to mother at maternity ward
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):
“But my favorite part of the day was handing over the keys to a tricycle ambulance. Which we call ‘tuk tuk’ here in Sudan. And to hand the keys to an empowered woman of that community, was a thrill.”
8. (L-cut) Wide shot, Kanem handing-over key to tricycle ambulance
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):
“To see the chiefs, the young children, the midwives, and all the UNFPA personnel standing side by side to assure that we reach SDG 3 for health. Well, that’s why we do this, and it was a wonderful day.”
10. (L-cut) Med shot, women singing and dancing with UNFPA Executive Director

STORYLINE:

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, Dr. Natalia Kanem, wound up a five-day mission to Sudan this week (15 to 19 March). She congratulated the transitional government and the people for the democratic transition underway in the country and the progress that is being made.

Kanem said investing in women and young people is an investment in the nation.

The United Nations supports the country of Sudan to improve laws and systems for the people of Sudan. UNFPA supports the rights, safety and dignity of women and girls and equal opportunity for all.

She thanked the Government and people of Sudan for their generosity in hosting and welcoming the refugees from neighbouring countries.

To support the transition, advance sustainable development and address a humanitarian crisis, the support and engagement of the international community remain critical.

She commended steps taken that support the rights, safety and dignity of women and girls, including a new law criminalizing female genital mutilation, the repealing of the morality laws that restrict women’s movement and freedom, and new procedures to address gender-based violence, along with a new GBV helpline.

During her visit, Kanem met with Prime Minister Abdulla Hamdock, along with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Social Development, Health, and Sports. She met with the Sudan statistical office, the UN Country Team, women and young people, and community leaders.

She visited Blue Nile State and a maternity hospital in Damizin. In the region, women are at a higher risk of dying during pregnancy and childbirth. Kanem visited UNFPA-funded sites to get a first-hand view of health services and to speak to partners.
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