SOUTH SUDAN / SEXUAL VIOLENCE CONFLICT WORKSHOP

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The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is stepping up efforts to support the Government of South Sudan in trying to end conflict-related sexual violence. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT WORKSHOP
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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DATELINE: 17 JUNE 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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1.Wide shot, UNMISS official presenting
2.Med shot, UNMISS Staff talking
3.Wide shot, participants in the hall
4.Wide shot, participants sitting in the hall
5.Med shot, The Undersecretary sitting
6.Close up, UNMISS official sitting
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Musa Gassama, Director, Human Rights Division, UNMISS:
“As members of civil society, we can’t do what we are doing in a conflict or post-conflict environment if we don’t understand the conflict. So, for me, the first point as a human rights activist, as a women’s rights activist, is to understand the environment in which you operate. Without that, you are like a fish in a dry land.”
8.Wide shot, participants sitting
9.Med shot, participants reading
10.Med shot, UNMISS and government officials sitting
11.Close up, Eluzai writing
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Esther Ikere Eluzai, Undersecretary, Ministry for Gender, Child and Soicial Welfare:
“Sexual violence is an abuse against the community and the purity of the nation. And so, the error of silence about conflict-related sexual violence and the crimes committed through sexual and gender-based violence and the crimes committed against woman and children shall end. It is time to go beyond intentions and commitments and institute concreate actions where women are not used as instruments in military strategy.”
13.Med shot, participants listening
14.Med shot, delegates listening
15.Close up, participants listening
16.SOUNDBITE (English) Esther Ikere Eluzai, Undersecretary, Ministry for Gender, Child and Soicial Welfare:
“The agreement on the secession of hostilities 2017 and the revitalized agreement on the resolution of conflict in South Sudan also prohibit the use of conflict-related sexual violence. However, conflict-related sexual violence continues to occur after the signing of the agreement. So, it becomes an issue for us to look into and I think this is a very good opportunity for us today to come together and begin talking much about conflict-related sexual violence.”
17.Med shot, participants looking
18.Med shot, delegate writing
19.Close up, a participant reading
20.SOUNDBITE (English) Musa Gassama, Director, Human Rights Division, UNMISS:
“If you don’t have the capacity to monitor, document and accurately report on what you’re finding, you have no voice in your area. Your data is your voice. You have no voice if you don’t have data. Therefore, take this very seriously. If you have data, you can challenge anyone with authority.’’
21.Wide shot, delegates sitting
22.Med shot, participants reading
23.Close up, delegate reading

STORYLINE:

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is stepping up efforts to support the Government of South Sudan in trying to end conflict-related sexual violence.

UNMISS has continued to observe sexual violence perpetrated by the parties to the conflict, civil defence groups and other armed elements involved in localized violence. Accountability for such crimes in South Sudan remains low.

To raise awareness about the issue and to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, UNMISS organized a two-day technical workshop in Juba on monitoring and addressing conflict-related sexual violence.

SOUNDBITE (English) Musa Gassama, Director, Human Rights Division, UNMISS:
“As members of civil society, we can’t do what we are doing in a conflict or post-conflict environment if we don’t understand the conflict. So for me, the first point as a human rights activist, as a women’s rights activist, is to understand the environment in which you operate. Without that, you are like a fish in a dry land.”

Despite the progress in implementation of the South Sudan’s revitalized peace agreement, signed in September 2018, conflict-related sexual violence persists. Armed actors, affiliated with various military groups, continue to subject women and girls to sexual violence. A strong and well-developed justice system in South Sudan is crucial to breaking the cycle of violence and holding perpetrators accountable.

SOUNDBITE (English) Esther Ikere Eluzai, Undersecretary, Ministry for Gender, Child and Soicial Welfare:
“Sexual violence is an abuse against the community and the purity of the nation. And so the error of silence about conflict-related sexual violence and the crimes committed through sexual and gender-based violence and the crimes committed against woman and children shall end. It is time to go beyond intentions and commitments and institute concreate actions where women are not used as instruments in military strategy.”

While UNMISS continues to support many local-level grassroots initiatives, institution-building and other measures to help address conflict-related sexual violence in South Sudan, the Government has the primary responsibility for protecting all its citizens – especially those who are most vulnerable to conflict-related sexual violence.

SOUNDBITE (English) Esther Ikere Eluzai, Undersecretary, Ministry for Gender, Child and Soicial Welfare:
“The agreement on the cession of hostilities and the revitalized agreement on the resolution of conflict in South Sudan prohibit the use of conflict-related sexual violence. However, conflict-related sexual violence has continued to occur after the signing of the agreement, so it becomes an issue for us to look into. I think this a very good opportunity for us today to come together and begin talking much about conflict-related sexual violence.”

UNMISS is committed to promoting attention to human rights, especially the rights of women and girls, in South Sudan’s court system by expanding human rights training programmes for legal officials that are deployed throughout the country.

SOUNDBITE (English) Musa Gassama, Director, Human Rights Division, UNMISS:
“If you don’t have the capacity to monitor, document and accurately report on what you’re finding, you have no voice in your area. Your data is your voice. You have no voice if you don’t have data. Therefore, take this very seriously. If you have data, you can challenge anyone with authority.’’

In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 19 June the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, in order to raise awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence, to honour the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world and to pay tribute to all those who have courageously devoted their lives to and lost their lives in standing up for the eradication of these crimes.
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