SOUTH SUDAN / WOMEN LEADERSHIP FORUM

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08-Jun-2021 00:03:15
A large number of South Sudan’s women leaders gathered for a two-day leadership forum with the objective of establishing a mechanism that can unify the efforts of women at the state and national level. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / WOMEN LEADERSHIP FORUM
TRT: 03:15
SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 08 JUNE 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Wide Shot, delegates in the hall
2. Wide Shot, delegates sitting in the hall
3. Med Shot, delegates listening
4. Close up, Vice President listening
5. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Rebecca Nyandeng, Vice President-Gender and Youth Cluster:
“This forum will be a space where women’s voices are united across political parties towards a shared future for all the women of South Sudan. More importantly, it presents us with a valuable opportunity to come together to share ideas on how we can strengthen women’s participation in leadership, peace and nation-building.”
6. Wide shot, delegates sitting
7. Close up, women reading
8. Close up, SRSG listening
9. Med shot, SRSG looking
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“We are bringing together women leaders to support, with one voice, meaningful participation and representation in all aspects of life. This will have ripple effects for the peace process in the country. It’s been well researched and documented that for a successful peace process, for peace to be sustainable, the participation of women is critical. By providing a safe space to inform strategic policy initiatives that speak to a woman’s agenda, that can advance women’s effective participation in decision-making, this platform provides a unique opportunity to address persisting barriers to women representation in decision-making.”
11. Wide shot, delegates sitting in the hall
12. Med shot, delegates writing
13. Close up, a delegate chatting
14. Close up, SRSG listening
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“Women’s contributions at national, state and local level, together with the voices of women in civil society and in the communities: this is the fundamental building block of the nation. If in practice that 35 per cent [representation] has not been achieved, we will wait until it is.”
16. Wide shot, delegates in the hall
17. Med shot, women listening
18. Close up, Minister of chatting
19. Close up, Military lady reading


STORYLINE:

A large number of South Sudan’s women leaders gathered for a two-day leadership forum with the objective of establishing a mechanism that can unify the efforts of women at the state and national level.

Human rights activists in the country say that the parties to the 2018 revitalized peace deal have violated the provision that calls for 35 per cent of government positions at all levels to be allocated to women.

Women at the forum, organized by the support of UNMISS, duly noted that the stipulated female political representation is “far from being met”.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Rebecca Nyandeng, Vice President-Gender and Youth Cluster:
“This forum will be a space where women’s voices are united across political parties towards a shared future for all the women of South Sudan. More importantly, it presents us with a valuable opportunity to come together to share ideas on how we can strengthen women’s participation in leadership, peace and nation-building.”

The SRSG says the launch of the women leadership forum is an important achievement and one that can speed up the implementation of the peace agreement.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:

“We are bringing together women leaders to support, with one voice, meaningful participation and representation in all aspects of life. This will have ripple effects for the peace process in the country. It’s been well researched and documented that for a successful peace process, for peace to be sustainable, the participation of women is critical. By providing a safe space to inform strategic policy initiatives that speak to a woman’s agenda, that can advance women’s effective participation in decision-making, this platform provides a unique opportunity to address persisting barriers to women representation in decision-making.”

Nicholas Haysom, Head of UNMISS says that the process of lifting the political status of women in South Sudan has come a long way despite the fact that their representation has not yet reached the percentage agreed on.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“Women’s contributions at national, state and local level, together with the voices of women in civil society and in the communities: this is the fundamental building block of the nation. If in practice that 35 per cent [representation] has not been achieved, we will wait until it is.”

By uniting their voices, South Sudan’s women leaders have taken yet another important step towards gender equality, full female participation and the real influence on politics and society that they have always deserved.
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