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Announcing the creation of the Group of Friends of Women in the Sahel, Niger’s Ambassador Abdou Abarry said, “no society can possibly hope to prosper today in the 21st century if it systematically excludes half of its population.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 02 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

02 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Ambassador Abdou Abarry of Niger and Special Coordinator for development in the Sahel Abdoulaye Mar Dieye walk up to the podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdou Abarry, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Niger:
“No society can possibly hope to prosper today in the 21st century if it systematically excludes half of its population. If peace is a collective issue, why should it be discussed and consolidated without women? The major challenges that affect the Sahel, from insecurity, the impact of climate change, or economic development challenges, have a disproportionate impact on women and girls, and amplify existing inequalities. If women and girls are the first victims of humanitarian crises, insecurity, and other disasters, they are also at the origin of major changes and often are the first responders.”
4. Wide shot, Abarry and Mar Dieye
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdou Abarry, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Niger:
“As a concrete outcome to the discussion, a new Group of Friends of Women in the Sahel was created. Co-chaired by Niger, the African Union and the European Union, the Group of Friends will inform the discussed policy and practice on and in the Sahel by facilitating exchanges with women of the Sahel and promoting their participation in all relevant processes.”
6. Wide shot, Abarry and Mar Dieye
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Special Coordinator for Development in the Sahel:
“In our initial programmes when we started 1325, resolution 1325, we are focusing on women as beneficiaries. The shift of mind is women as agency. You are seeing now many women at the helm, in political power, economic power, leading private sector. The Friends of Women in the Sahel will be supporting these positive dynamics.”
8. Wide shot, Abarry and Mar Dieye walk away

STORYLINE:

Announcing the creation of the Group of Friends of Women in the Sahel, Niger’s Ambassador Abdou Abarry today (2 Jun) said, “no society can possibly hope to prosper today in the 21st century if it systematically excludes half of its population.”

Speaking to reporters after an Arria Formula meeting on the Sahel, Abarry said, “if peace is a collective issue, why should it be discussed and consolidated without women? The major challenges that affect the Sahel, from insecurity, the impact of climate change, or economic development challenges, have a disproportionate impact on women and girls, and amplify existing inequalities. If women and girls are the first victims of humanitarian crises, insecurity, and other disasters, they are also at the origin of major changes and often are the first responders.”

The Ambassador said the new Group of Friends will be co-chaired by Niger, the African Union, and the European Union, and “will inform the discussed policy and practice on and in the Sahel by facilitating exchanges with women of the Sahel and promoting their participation in all relevant processes.”

The United Nations Special Coordinator for Development in the Sahel, Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, said, “you are seeing now many women at the helm, in political power, economic power, leading private sector. The Friends of Women in the Sahel will be supporting these positive dynamics.”
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