SOMALIA / DSG MOHAMMED VISIT

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United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed undertook a visit to Somalia on Sunday in solidarity with Somali women’s calls for full and equal participation in political life, and to express the support of the international community for timely, inclusive, peaceful and credible elections.UNSOM

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DATELINE: 12 SEPTEMBER 2021, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, Arrival convoy of Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed at Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu.
2. Wide shots, UN Somalia delegation meeting Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed as she steps out of a vehicle at Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu.
3. Wide shot, UN Somalia and Somali government officials at the arrival of Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed at Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu. Two flower girls hand the Deputy Secretary-General flowers.
4. Wide shot, UN Somalia and Somali government officials at the arrival of Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed at Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu. The delegation included the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia/Resident Coordinator/ Humanitarian Coordinator, Adam Abdelmoula, and Somalia’s Minister for Women Affairs and Human Rights Development, Hanifa Mohamed Ibrahim.
5. Wide pan shot, Brief welcome meeting with Federal Government (FGS) of Somalia Minister of Women and Human Rights Development, Hanifa Mohamed Ibrahim at Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu.
6. Med shot, Brief welcome meeting with Federal Government (FGS) of Somalia Minister of Women and Human Rights Development, Hanifa Mohamed Ibrahim at Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu.
7. Wide pan shot, Brief welcome meeting with Federal Government (FGS) of Somalia Minister of Women and Human Rights Development, Hanifa Mohamed Ibrahim at Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu.
8. Long shot, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed accompanied by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia/Resident Coordinator/ Humanitarian Coordinator, Adam Abdelmoula, and other UN officials, in a meeting with Somali women leaders, including goodwill ambassadors, women ministers, civil society leaders.
9. Zoom Shot, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed accompanied by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia/Resident Coordinator/ Humanitarian Coordinator, Adam Abdelmoula, and other UN officials, in a meeting with Somali women leaders, including goodwill ambassadors, women ministers, civil society leaders.
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General:
“The focus has been on the elections and in particular women's participation in the 30 per cent quota that has been promised. It's essential to have that and more if we can. Somalia has done well to get the 24 per cent, but in the Upper House and the Lower House, we must see the 30 per cent.”
11. Med Shot, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed accompanied by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia/Resident Coordinator/ Humanitarian Coordinator, Adam Abdelmoula, and other UN officials, in a meeting with Somali women leaders, including goodwill ambassadors, women ministers, civil society leaders.
12. Med shot, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed accompanied by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia/Resident Coordinator/ Humanitarian Coordinator, Adam Abdelmoula, and other UN officials, in a meeting with Somali women leaders, including goodwill ambassadors, women ministers, civil society leaders.
13. Med Shot, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed accompanied by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia/Resident Coordinator/ Humanitarian Coordinator, Adam Abdelmoula, and other UN officials, in a meeting with Somali women leaders, including goodwill ambassadors, women ministers, civil society leaders.
14. Long shot, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed accompanied by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and Deputy Special Representative for Somalia/Resident Coordinator/ Humanitarian Coordinator, Adam Abdelmoula, and other UN officials, in a meeting with Somali women leaders, including goodwill ambassadors, women ministers, civil society leaders.
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General:
“Currently, it appears that we're moving to more than 24 per cent in the Upper House, but it's not guaranteed. And so what we were doing was speaking to all those who have something to do with this process.”
16. Wide shot, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed and the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, at a courtesy meeting with President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmaajo.’
17. Long shot,Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed and the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, at a meeting with the Prime Minister of Somalia Mohamed Hussein Roble and the National Consultative Council (NCC) in Villa Somalia.
18. Wide shot, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed and the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, at a meeting with the Prime Minister of Somalia Mohamed Hussein Roble and the National Consultative Council (NCC) in Villa Somalia.
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General: “Well, it's more than just a quota. It's also about women's economic empowerment. It's about their place in society and the growth of this nation that needs to be inclusive as we work towards peace. So the women peace and security agenda is very important – it's still about finding peace in Somalia in spite of the elections that will happen.”
19. Pan shot, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed accompanied by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and Deputy Special Representative for Somalia/Resident Coordinator/ Humanitarian Coordinator Adam Abdelmoula among other senior UN officials. In a meeting with Federal Electoral Implementation Team (FEIT), State Election Implementation Team (SEIT) and The Electoral Dispute Resolution Committee (EDRC).
20. Long shot, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed accompanied by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and Deputy Special Representative for Somalia/Resident Coordinator/ Humanitarian Coordinator among other senior UN officials. In a meeting with the Federal Electoral Implementation Team (FEIT), State-Level Electoral Implementation Teams (SEITs) and The Electoral Dispute Resolution Committee (EDRC).
21. Med shot, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed accompanied by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and Deputy Special Representative for Somalia/Resident Coordinator/ Humanitarian Coordinator Adam Abdelmoula among other senior UN officials. In a meeting with the Federal Electoral Implementation Team (FEIT), State-Level Electoral Implementation Teams (SEITs) and The Electoral Dispute Resolution Committee (EDRC).
22. Wide shot, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed accompanied by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and Deputy Special Representative for Somalia/Resident Coordinator/ Humanitarian Coordinator Adam Abdelmoula among other senior UN officials. In a meeting with the Federal Electoral Implementation Team (FEIT), State-Level Electoral Implementation Teams (SEITs) and the Electoral Dispute Resolution Committee (EDRC).
23. Med shot, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed accompanied by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and Deputy Special Representative for Somalia/Resident Coordinator/ Humanitarian Coordinator Adam Abdelmoula and other senior UN officials in a meeting with Somali elders.
24. Long shot, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed accompanied by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and Deputy Special Representative for Somalia/Resident Coordinator/ Humanitarian Coordinator Adam Abdelmoula and other senior UN officials in a meeting with Somali elders.
25. Pan shot, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed accompanied by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and Deputy Special Representative for Somalia/Resident Coordinator/ Humanitarian Coordinator and other senior UN officials in a meeting with Somalia’s international partners.
26. Medium over shoulder, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed accompanied by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and Deputy Special Representative for Somalia/Resident Coordinator/ Humanitarian Coordinator and other senior UN officials in a meeting with Somalia’s international partners.
27. Wide shot, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed accompanied by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and Deputy Special Representative for Somalia/Resident Coordinator/ Humanitarian Coordinator Adam Abdelmoula and other senior UN officials in a meeting with Somalia’s international partners.
28. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General:
“I think there is always a concern when two important parties have a rift and, in particular, as we're going towards the elections. But I believe that the discussions that we had with them today and those that they are having themselves look as though they will resolve those disputes and the elections will go ahead. We do impress upon them that it is important to resolve those as quickly as possible.”

STORYLINE:

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed undertook a visit to Somalia on Sunday in solidarity with Somali women’s calls for full and equal participation in political life, and to express the support of the international community for timely, inclusive, peaceful and credible elections.

The Deputy Secretary-General highlighted the country’s parliamentary elections as an opportunity to build on the progress made in women’s political participation and emphasized that women’s full inclusion in all sectors of society will contribute to greater resilience, peace, and stability.

“Somalia achieved a milestone at its last elections in 2016/17 with 24 per cent of parliamentary seats filled by women, and I am hopeful that the country will build on this by expanding women’s participation even further – ensuring the 30 per cent quota is met is an important first step to full representation and an inclusive society. The peace dividend will not happen without women,” Ms. Mohammed said.

While in Mogadishu, the Deputy Secretary-General met with President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmaajo.’ She also met with Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and the National Consultative Council (NCC), whose membership includes the leaders of the country’s Federal Member States and which is charged with providing overall direction for the elections.

“Prime Minister Roble and other members of the NCC have shown great leadership and commitment to advance women’s political participation, including through specific measures such as decreasing fees for women candidates and appointing Goodwill Ambassadors and Champions to advocate for greater inclusion. It will also be important to agree on a specific mechanism on how exactly the commitment of a minimum 30 per cent quota will be achieved in the upcoming elections,” the Deputy Secretary-General said.

Ms. Mohammed met with Somali elders as well as women leaders and advocates from a range of areas – electoral management bodies, goodwill ambassadors, champions and civil society leaders – and expressed her solidarity with their efforts to bring about greater involvement of women in the country’s political sphere as well as in economic life.

She noted the concerns voiced on the overall situation of Somali women, including levels of violence and insecurity for women, and how this also impacts participation in political life.

“Women should be able to participate in the elections without fear of violence, intimidation and discrimination,” Ms. Mohammed said. “But the same also applies in going about daily life, whether in education, commerce or social life.”

When asked about the case of government agent Ms. Ikran Tahlil Farah, the Deputy Secretary-General said the rule of law and access to justice are critical to protection from violence and are the right of all women.

On the elections and recent political tensions she noted, “Somalia has achieved considerable momentum with its electoral process, and I was encouraged to hear the commitment from all I met with to ensuring that this momentum is sustained and that critical elections move forward as scheduled.”

The Deputy Secretary-General further noted that political discord should not be allowed to threaten gains made in the country.

“I have confidence in Somalia’s leadership to de-escalate any tensions and avoid action that could lead to violence and further delay the elections or undermine its credibility,” she added.

Currently, Somalia is holding elections for its Upper House, and is preparing for elections for its Lower House, known as the House of the People. The United Nations and Somalia’s other international partners have been heavily engaged in supporting national efforts to advance the country’s elections.
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